FLOR500, Garden 217 Florida’s First People: The Mound Builders (ca. 10,000 BC–1700 AD) Thousands of years before Juan Ponce de Leon landed here, Paleo-Indians inhabited Florida. The largest group in southern Florida was the Calusa. Coastal groups utilized the Gulf of Mexico for their primary supply of food and were accomplished seamen. They constructed large earthen or shell mounds, some for ceremonial or spiritual purposes. Numerous mounds dotted the landscape around the Tampa Bay area. During the late 1600s and early 1700s, the Florida tribes were decimated by European diseases, warfare, and slaving raids.
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Florida’s First People: The Mound Builders

(ca. 10,000 BC–1700 AD)

Thousands of years before Juan Ponce de Leon landed here, Paleo-Indians inhabited Florida. The largest group in southern Florida was the Calusa. Coastal groups utilized the Gulf of Mexico for their primary supply of food and were accomplished seamen. They constructed large earthen or shell mounds, some for ceremonial or spiritual purposes. Numerous mounds dotted the landscape around the Tampa Bay area. During the late 1600s and early 1700s, the Florida tribes were decimated by European diseases, warfare, and slaving raids. 






























































































































































 

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