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Indian Harbor Beach in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Winter-Time Ais Indian Town of Pentoaya

 
 
Winter-Time Ais Indian Town of Pentoaya Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, March 2, 2012
1. Winter-Time Ais Indian Town of Pentoaya Marker
Inscription. In 1605 Florida's Spanish Governor Pedro de Ybarra sent Lt. Alvaro Mexia on a diplomatic mission to the Ais Indians. Mexia recorded his passage from St. Augustine down the coast to the principal Ais Indian town near present-day Vero Beach. At the confluence of Ulumay Lagoon (Banana River Lagoon) and the Great Bay of Ais (Indian River Lagoon) Mexia reported the location of the "winter-time" Ais Indian Town of Pentoaya. He recorded that the 17th century town of Pentoaya was located "directly opposite on the western mainland," near the confluence of the Eau Gallie and the Indian Rivers. The Winter-Time Town of Pentoaya was located between this park and the Banana River Lagoon, to the west. It consisted of a complex of shell middens, mounds and a causeway, which divided the small lake seen from this marker. Little remains of these mounds, as the shells found in them were used as roadbed material early in the 20th century. A Florida Heritage Site.
 
Erected 2005 by The Brevard County Historical Commission and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-487.)
 
Location. 28° 8.576′ N, 80° 35.856′ W. Marker is in Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of
Lansing Gleason Park image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, March 2, 2012
2. Lansing Gleason Park
Marker is beyond lake
South Patrick Drive and Yacht Club Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eau Gallie Bridge to the Beach (approx. 1.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Eau Gallie Public Library (approx. 1.9 miles away); Harbor City Hotel (approx. 1.9 miles away); Population on the Rise (approx. 1.9 miles away); Gen. John B. Castleman House (approx. 1.9 miles away); William H. Gleason House (approx. 2 miles away); Hodgson Home and Drugstore (approx. 2 miles away); Breckenridge Landing (approx. 2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is located in Lansing Gleason Park near the south end of the lake.
 
Regarding Winter-Time Ais Indian Town of Pentoaya. The name of the Ais Indian tribe is pronounced "Eyes".
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
Sign at Entrance to Lansing Gleason Park image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, March 2, 2012
3. Sign at Entrance to Lansing Gleason Park
The park entrance is off of Yacht Club Boulevard.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 3, 2012, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,145 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on May 4, 2015, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 3, 2012, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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