At the time the English started to colonize North America, five tribes greatly impressed them. The English admired these tribes because of their perceived intelligence, work ethic, and character, as well as their effort to acquire some of the culture of the Europeans — in short, these tribes didn't resist European colonization and dominance.

At the time, the Europeans called these the five "civilized" tribes. These tribes are:

  • The Choctaw

  • The Cherokee

  • The Chickasaw

  • The Creek (Muscogee)

  • The Seminole