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the name given by Europeans in the 17th and 18th centuries to the confederation of Muskogean Indian tribes.
The Creeks lived in what are now the states of Georgia and Alabama and engaged in hoe farming, hunting, and fishing. By the time of European colonization, they were at the stage of forming an early class society. The seizure of Creek lands by colonizers in the 1830’s and the forced resettlement of the Creeks in Oklahoma marked the end of their independent development. The present-day Creeks (who numbered approximately 16,700 in 1950) are to a considerable extent assimilated. Their chief occupations are small farming and working for hire. In the past, the religious beliefs of the Creeks consisted of sun and fire worship; after colonization, the Creeks were Christianized.