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The Timucuans, Florida’s First People

27 Mar

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Picture credit: A Public Domain image of  Jacques le Moyne ??

 

Florida’s First People

Today’s Blog is about one of the very earliest residents of Florida,  the Timucuan Indians.

It is pronounced,   tee-MOO-qua.

Our home here in Central Florida is on land where these Ancient people once lived.

The St. John’s River, which flows from South to North, not far from us, was of great historical importance to the Timucuans and several other local tribes here in Central Florida.

The Timucuans, were a  rather tall, and slim race of Native people, who  lived  in this area, in the 1500’s and were estimated to number between 50,000 to 200,000 at the time.

But, by 1700,  thanks to the diseases brought by the invading Spanish, their numbers had dwindled down to around 1,000.

By 1800, they were considered to be likely completely eliminated or extinct.

Interbreeding with the “ invaders”  was the final blow to these once thriving Native people, who lived in nearly perfect harmony with their lush environment.

The Timucua existed in many Chiefdoms and were either hunters and gatherers or farmers, depending on which part of the state that they lived in.

The areas of Florida where they lived were rich and plentiful, with every kind of food that they needed to thrive, from game, reptiles and fish, to berries and plants.

They hunted with bows and arrows and other weapons and when the seasons changed, they dried what they wanted to save to use later.

In the Northern parts  of the state,  some of the Natives grew crops,  like the ” three sisters,”  of corn,  beans and squash.

Florida was at that time,  before the  “invaders”  came,  a virtual paradise.

Today, these Ancient Indians, who were here long before any outsiders ever stepped foot on this land,

are not often spoken of in our local schools, in the news or even on web sites, which claim to be historical

reference places for their individual counties.

This is sad because so many of the names and places here reflect the importance and influence

 that these Ancient people had,  on not only this area, but on the entire state of Florida.

 

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Map credit: Unknown

 

Here are a few places to learn more about the First People of Florida:

 

Who Were the Timucuas?

The Timucuas

Exploring Early Florida

Missions, Timucuans and the Aucilla

Overview of Native History

Timucuans

True Natives

 

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18 responses to “The Timucuans, Florida’s First People

  1. sachemspeaks

    March 27, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Reblogged this on sachemspeaks and commented:
    Good job 🙂

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Thank you for sharing it and the encouragement~

       
  2. Dr. Rex

    March 27, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    History!! The truth …. awesome post!!

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      Thank you so much Dr. Rex. We both know how much you love our Florida History!!!!

       
      • Dr. Rex

        March 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Yesss!!! 😄

         
  3. Tammy Hopkinson

    March 27, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Reblogged this on Tammy Hopkinson MBA and commented:
    This is interesting! I enjoy reading about history and learning more about the places around us….

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Thank you so much Tammy!!! Us too~

       
      • Tammy Hopkinson

        March 27, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        You are welcome! People need to learn about the history behind the places in which they live.

         
      • Gator Woman

        March 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

        If only they would…….

         
      • Tammy Hopkinson

        March 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        I know right! People these days do not seem that interested in learning about history. They only want to live for today and not worry about what is going to happen in the future….:)

         
  4. Carl D'Agostino

    March 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Read in the Herald and saw proposed glass enclosure for burial ground in Miami that was found when digging foundation. I don’t know why the developers tried to fight protection in the beginning. It adds so much character and priceless historical color to the development and enhances the whole setting.

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 28, 2014 at 6:44 AM

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

       
  5. aboriginalpress

    March 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Reblogged this on .

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 28, 2014 at 6:42 AM

      Thank you very kindly for sharing this. Your Blog is both amazing and inspirational.

       
  6. satyrikon

    March 27, 2014 at 7:45 PM

     
    • Gator Woman

      March 28, 2014 at 6:43 AM

      Thank you for sharing this and helping to inform others of our First People.

       
  7. henrylib

    April 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    this is really informative…am learning so much here…

     
    • Gator Woman

      April 15, 2014 at 10:08 AM

      Thank you so very much. I feel the same way about your Blog, it is wonderful~

       

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