A Tribute to the People and Nation - Also known as The Caloosa - Caloosahatchee
Originally, a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, I moved to Oregon in 1967 and lived in Portland until 1989. I attended Portland Community College, where I served a year as president of the Associated Student Body. Subsequently, I also attended Portland State University, where I served two terms/years as student body president as well and graduated with degrees in history and social sciences.
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Visit two archaeological sites to view the intricate water courts, canal systems, burial mounds, pottery pieces and enormous shell mounds left behind by the Calusa Indians thousands of years ago. Piece together the clues that scientists from around the world use to learn about how the earliest settlers lived their daily lives on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel is an historic, mystical place whose story begins 12,000 years ago and runs through momentous occasions in history, from European exploration to American expansion to modern marvels of the 21st century. But no matter how much this charming community evolves, it is intrinsically tied to the area's forefathers – the Calusa Indians.
Early Calusa Culture
About 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, rushing rivers deposited an enormous amount of silt in the Gulf of Mexico forming the tropical barrier islands along the Southwest Florida coast. Its newly formed islands and bays were awash with a bountiful supply of fish and shellfish that attracted archaic peoples from across southern Florida who established a permanent settlement. These people were the early predecessors of the Calusa Indians.
The Calusa set up villages near their life source – the water. There was not enough land to grow the amount of crops needed to feed all the tribe members, so the Calusa looked to the bays, streams, rivers and Gulf and turned up a smorgasbord of shrimp, crab, trout, snook, and just about every possible delectable seafood.
Pineland: A Key To The Past
While visiting Pineland you can see gopher tortoises and bald eagles, as well as otters and alligators, just as they would have appeared 2,000 years ago. What makes the site so important is that its waterlogged deposits preserve artifacts not found in dry sites. The remains of many centuries of Calusa daily life reveal the fascinating, complex world that existed before the arrival of Europeans.
The Calusa People, neither extinct nor forgotten but who's spirit and blood still flows through the hearts of many . In respect and honor I dedicate this site to you.