FLOR500, Garden 259 Ahaya the Cowkeeper, Seminole Chief (ca. 1710–1783) Ahaya was the first recorded chief of the Seminole Tribe. He fought against Spanish subjugation and led his people out of northern Florida, south to present day Micanopy. He was given the name “Cowkeeper” after his people started herding cattle in their new home. Cowkeeper looked more favorably upon British rule and he continued to oppose Spanish rule of Florida until he died.
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Ahaya the Cowkeeper, Seminole Chief   

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Ahaya the Cowkeeper, Seminole Chief 

(ca. 1710–1783)

Ahaya was the first recorded chief of the Seminole Tribe. He fought against Spanish subjugation and led his people out of northern Florida, south to present day Micanopy. He was given the name "Cowkeeper” after his people started herding cattle in their new home. Cowkeeper looked more favorably upon British rule and he continued to oppose Spanish rule of Florida until he died.





 




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