Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The People of Brickell Point
The powerful Tequesta Indians made their main village at the mouth of the Miami River for over two thousand years. Abundant natural resources contributed to a unique diet based on the Biscayne Bay, the Everglades and subtropical fruits.
Europeans Arrive, Natives Suffer
The arrival of European explorers in the early 1500s forever changed the face of Southern Florida. European disease and slave raids decimated the Tequesta and their neighbors. Many of the surviving natives of the region moved to Cuba with their Spanish allies in the mid eighteenth century.
New Residents Move In
Cuban fishermen came to Southern Florida to reap the riches of the bays and reefs. Ancestors of today's Seminole and Miccosukee people sought refuge in the area, fleeing attempts by the federal government to remove them to western reservations. The Seminoles later befriended pioneer William Brickell and frequented his trading post.
Brickell Point ha sido la morada de muchas diferentes culturas y testigo de varios hitos historicos.
Los poderosos indios tequesta tuvieron su aldea principal junto a la boca del rio Miami por más de dos mil años. La abundancia de recursos naturales contribuyó a una
Llegan los Europeos, Los Indígenas Sufren
El Sur de la Florida cambió para siempre tras la llegada de los europeos a comienzos del siglo XVI. Las enfermedades europeas y la caza de esclavos diezmó a los tequesta y sus vecinos. Muchos de los indígenas que sobrevivieron se traslaclaron a Cuba con sus sliados españoles a mediados del siglo XVIII.
Los pescadores cubanos vinieron al Sur de la Florida para explotar las riquezas de las bahías y los arrecifes. Los antepasados de los actuales seminoles y mikasuki buscaron refugio en el área y evadieron los intentos del gobierno federal para trasladarlos a reservas indígenas en el occidente del país. Después, los seminoles se hicieron amigos del pionero William Brickell y acudían a su tienda fronteriza.
Seminoles, dressed in long shirts and turbans, navigate the Miami River, ca. 1890, near Brickell Point. Ralph Munroe Collection, HistoryMiami.
Dos hombres seminoles, con camisas largas y turbantes, navegan por el río Miami cerca de Brickell Point, h. 1890. Colección de Ralph Munroe, HistoryMiami.
View of Brickell Point from the Royal Palm Hotel, ca. 1897. HistoryMiami.
Vista de Brickell Point desde
Left: William B. Brickell, ca. 1870 Right: Mary E. Brickell, ca. 1870. From tintypes by H.J. Reed, Worcester, Mass. Stan Cooper Collection, HistoryMiami.
Izquierda: William B. Brickell, h. 1870 derecha: Mary E. Brickell, h. 1870. Ferrotipos de H.J. Reed, Worcester, Mass. Colección de Stan Cooper, HistoryMiami.
Brickell home on Brickell Point, ca. 1906. Brickell family on downstairs and upstairs porches. William B. Brickell is seated in the chair in the center of the front porch. HistoryMiami.
Casa de la familia Brickell en Brickell Point, h. 1906. La familia Brickell en las terrazas del primer y segundo piso. William B. Brickell está sentado en el centro de la terraza principal. HistoryMiami.
The Seminole Indians relied on dugout canoes for transportation. Matlack Collection, HistoryMiami.
Los indios seminoles dependían de las canoas de tronco ahuecado como medio de transporte. Colección Matlack, HistoryMiami.
Beginning in early childhood, wearing beads was an honored Seminole tradition. Men later switched to scarves, but an adult woman's beaded necklace could have been as long as 60 inches and could weigh up to 12 pounds!
Comenzando en la temprana
Alice Osceola, Seminole Indian. Matlack Collection, HistoryMiami.
Alice Osceola, mujer seminole. Colección Matlack, HistoryMiami.
Miami Circle is a registered trademark of HistoryMiami.
Erected by the Florida Inland Navigation District, the State of Florida Division of Historical Resrouces, and HistoryMiami.
Location. 25° 46.161′ N, 80° 11.373′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker can be reached from Brickell Avenue (U.S. 1/41) north of Southeast 5th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Brickell Point is the site of the Miami Circle park in Miami's Brickell neighborhood, across from downtown along the south bank of the Miami River, where it empties into Biscayne Bay. (Not to be confused with Brickell Park, roughly 500 feet to the south.) Brickell Point is a short walk east of Fifth Street Station along the Metromover's Brickell loop. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Brickell Avenue, Miami FL 33131, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. The Miami Circle at Brickell Point (a few steps from this marker); The Miami Circle (within shouting distance of this marker); Saving the Circle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mary Brickell Park (about 400 feet away); Brickell Park (about 500 feet away); Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Dade County (approx. half a mile away); Menendez on Biscayne Bay (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Miami.
More about this marker. The marker stands along the sidewalk at the park's west side, near the circular drive.
In addition to the photographs described above, the marker features an illustration of a Tequesta native and a picture of numerous colored beads. The logos of the marker's sponsors appear along its bottom, as well as a small placard noting the availability of a Miami Circle audio tour via telephone at 305-809-8230. For English, select tour stops 20-26, or for Spanish, 30-36.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. These markers explain the history of the Miami Circle and Brickell Point.
Also see . . . The Tequesta people. Wikipedia article on the earliest (Submitted on April 25, 2013, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Environment • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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