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The Tequesta and their ancestors lived in South Florida for over 3000 years. These people used all the natural resource available to them, the ocean, the bay, the tree hammocks, and the Everglades. As with many other Native American groups the arrival of Europeans would soon spell the end of their culture. Even though they had over 3 millennia of history in the area not much remains of the Tequesta now, but that doesn’t mean they are forgotten.

At various sites, in and around Miami, artifacts have been discovered that show us how the Tequesta survived and thrived in the hostile landscape of South Florida. Many sites are now gone, buried under residential subdivisions, commercial warehouses, and luxury high-rises. Yet here and there we find evidence of these extraordinary people and these brief glimpses allow us to piece together their way of life.

 

More  information:

The First Miamians – WLRN Public Radio and Television (video)

Digging Miami, by Robert S. Carr (Amazon)

History of Juan Ponce de Leon’s Voyages to Florida: Source Records, by T. Frederick Davis  (pdf)

 

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