The Tequesta Historical

The Tequesta Historical (HM1WA4)

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 Broward County
Country: United States of America

N 26° 6.786', W 80° 9.192'

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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
river and as far east as the barrier island of present day Fort Lauderdale Beach.
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HM NumberHM1WA4
Year Placed2014
Placed ByBrevard County Board of County Commissioners
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 9:01am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 584666 N 2888484
Decimal Degrees26.11310000, -80.15320000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 26° 6.786', W 80° 9.192'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds26° 6' 47.16" N, 80° 9' 11.52" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)954
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 630 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33315, US
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