Pensacola Tribe

Pensacola Indians (Choctaw: ‘hair-people,’ from pansha ‘hair,’ okla ‘people’) A tribe once inhabiting tracts around the present city and harbor of Pensacola, west Florida.  According to Barcia 1 they had been destroyed by tribal wars before the Spaniards became established there in 1698, but from a reference in Margry it appears that a few still remained at a later period.Citations:

  1. Barcia, Ensayo, 316, 1723[]


Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906.

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  1. Likely that these are Tunican speaking amerindians. They were terrorized by Chickasaws who were opposed/ threatened by the Sioux Indians and occasionally challenging the Cherokees who prefer to interact with the English British authorities. Pensacola Indians are related with the Mobile Indians so because of their economy, disorganized infrastructures and no alliance with either Illini, Muscogee Cherokee or Sioux tribes these people were viewed as threatening untrustworthy. Eventually P tribe members were included in the Choctaw Nation of Florida among the so called white Timucuans living in British East Florida. Many years later 1740s likely after the Chickasaw War Pensacola people became informally recognized as Choctaws by the lower Muscogee people these Pensacola Indians affiliate with the Alachua Cow Creek community Seminoe Mikasukis who live in areas that surround the St Johns River once the country for the Mayakka Indians. Thanks . I am a relation to the Cowkeeper Ahaya and Brims in the lines of chiefs of the Western Cherokees and the Shawnee!

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