The nucleus of the Seminole nation formed in the 1740s and 1750s on the Alachua Savannah in Central Florida. Oconee Creeks first visited the region while participating in military raids with the British. The Oconee chief Cowkeeper found the fertile and remote wilderness to his liking and decided to settle. Cowkeeper and his followers started the town of "Lotchaway," or Alachua, and later Cuscowilla. These are just two of the many Seminole names that survive in Florida today.
Swanton 180-81, Sturtevant 102-3, McReynolds 5.