“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Punta Gorda in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Mound Cities By the Sea

Mound Cities By the Sea Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, circa 1993
1. Mound Cities By the Sea Marker
Inscription.  In Charlotte Harbor Ponce de Leon came upon an urban Indian culture over 200 years old! The Caloosas were "City dwellers" whose sea-oriented high, dry, airy rectangular dwelling mounds made pleasant and secure homesites. Skillful engineers, the Caloosa surrounded their terraced mounds with kitchen garden courts; waterways and boat basins; ramps, causeways, and ponds where live fish and shellfish were stored. Shell-paved causeways and canals led from the living city to mound cities for the dead, and to yet other "midden" mounds where waste was discarded. The tallest mounds held temples, storehouses and the homes of their leaders.
Erected by The City of Punta Gorda, Florida in Cooperation with Punta Gorda Isles, Inc.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 26° 54.602′ N, 82° 5.72′ W. Marker was in Punta Gorda, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker was on Ponce
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De Leon Parkway, 0.6 miles south of North Marion Court when traveling south. Marker was in the loop of Ponce De Leon Parkway. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 3400 Ponce De Leon Parkway, Punta Gorda FL 33950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Description and Naming of Florida (a few steps from this marker); Juan Ponce de Leon (within shouting distance of this marker); Columbus G. McLeod - Protector of Plumed Birds (within shouting distance of this marker); First White Man Dies in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Southernmost Railroad Terminal (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Punta Gorda Home Site (approx. 3 miles away); Albert Waller Gilchrist (approx. 3.1 miles away); City of Punta Gorda (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Punta Gorda.
More about this marker. Marker was up in 1993 but gone by 1995.
Also see . . .  Ponce de Leon Park. (Submitted on February 28, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 28, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 7 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on February 28, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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Apr. 14, 2024