When the first Spanish went to what is now Orlando is estimated that there where not less than 100,000 Indians distributed in essentially four tribes: the Timucuaheys, the Tacobagas, the Calusas, the Apalachees and other minor tribes. When the Spanish leave in 1763 from the Florida peninsula to Cuba after ceding the territory to England, they took with them the last Timucua as servants, emptied of its first settlers to Florida. Tired of searching for the fountain of youth, the Spanish groups initially led by Ponce de Leon, the Spanish obsessioned is said he was sure that the legendary source was in Florida but was killed by a poisoned arrow fired by a Calusa Indian The colonization of the peninsula and with it the destruction of its inhabitants rather than the weapons that killed not a few, primarily through the transmission of diseases unknown in the area and from which the indigenous population had no defenses.
The territory was occupied by the military to build Fort Gadlin, to defend the new occupants of the lands of the sporadic incursions of the 5,000 surviving Seminoles led by their leader, known as King Philip and his son Coacoochee.
The Seminoles currently owns the Hard Rock International chain. After a very successfully exploit of two of its franchises in Orlando, they decided to take all business and did so through a smart financial transaction. The Seminoles operate through a tribal council of five members elected by vote.