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The Tequesta

 
 
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By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
1. The Tequesta Marker
Inscription. The Tequesta Indians and their ancestors lived and traveled along the New River for at least 5000 years. The Tequesta were Native Americans that lived in Southeast Florida in an area that extended from Boca Raton to Key West encompassing the Everglades, the Keys and parts of Florida Bay. Several thousand Tequesta may have lived in the area when the Spanish arrived in the 16th century, but in 1763, when Spain ceded Florida to England, less than 300 Indians survived - the entire culture victim of European diseases and English-sponsored slave raids. The last of the Tequesta moved to Cuba, leaving much of South Florida unpopulated.

Using dugout canoes the Tequesta traversed the length of the New River which provided easy access to the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean. The banks of the river provided high, dry grounds for habitation. Numerous camps and villages occurred along the New River including a large village site at this location.

Archaeologists in 2010 discovered artifacts here made of animal bone and shell. They included axes made from the lips of conch shells, and pottery shards from broken bowls. These artifacts are evidence of a Tequesta Indian village dating from AD 800 to 1200. Also uncovered were well-preserved animal bones and shell refuse indicating that the Tequesta were fishing and hunting along the
The Tequesta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
2. The Tequesta Marker
river and as far east as the barrier island of present day Fort Lauderdale Beach.
 
Erected 2014 by Broward County Board of County Commissioners.
 
Location. 26° 6.786′ N, 80° 9.192′ W. Marker is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of Southwest 9th Avenue and Coconut Drive, on the right when traveling north on Southwest 9th Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is in Lewis Landing Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 SW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale FL 33315, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lewis Family (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Fort Lauderdale (approx. 0.4 miles away); West Side Grade School (approx. half a mile away); Replica 1899 School House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Fort Lauderdale Village (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oliver Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Colonial Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Museum Building (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lauderdale.
 
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The Tequesta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
3. The Tequesta Marker
The Tequesta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
4. The Tequesta Marker
The Tequesta Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jay Kravetz, December 1, 2016
5. The Tequesta Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 14, 2016, by Jay Kravetz of West Palm Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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