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When the first people to enter the Florida peninsula around 12,000 years ( Wisconsin Glaciation Period ) ago they were not explorers, adventurers, or settlers.  They were nomads following the  game animals upon which their survival depended. At time the sea level was lower and rainfall less plentiful than today. As a result, the Florida peninsula was more than twice as large as it is now. Mastodons, camels, mammoths, bison, and horses roamed vast grasslands in search of food and fresh water. 

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Evidence of the Indian habitation in the Florida Keys dates back 3000 years ago. It is believe that the Keys were inhabitated earlier than that, but any archeological evidence of such early Indian settlement is under water.

The Calusa Indians who inhabited southwest Florida perhaps as early as 1450 B.C.
  1. A Native American people ( CALUSA Indians ) formerly inhabiting the southwest coast of Florida from Tampa Bay to the Florida Keys. The Calusa were extinct by the mid-18th century.

The Calusa Indians  were descendants of Paleo-Indians who inhabited Southwest Florida approximately 12,000 years ago. They were originally called the "Calos" which means "Fierce People". The Calusa tribe is described as warlike. They cultivated the ground to a limited extent, but were outstanding hunters and fishermen. Noted as expert  sailors, daring seamen, traveled  Florida from the islands, and to Cuba or perhaps Mexico.  Twenty 20 foot dugout canoes were made from huge cypress trees. These large canoes of hallowed out cypress logs were used to travel and to fish. The common food for the Calusa was fish, turtle, and snails. They also hunted animals and gathered dozens of different wild plants for food and medicine. The Calusa were determined fighters. The warriors gained tributes of food from smaller tribes. 

 

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 The Calusa people lived on the sandy shores of the coast and along the inner waterways of Florida's southwest coast. These Indians controlled most of south Florida. The population of this tribe may have reached as many as 50,000 people. The Calusa men were tall and well built with long hair.The men went nearly naked, wore only tanned breech clouts of deerskin fastened with intricate belts to show their position in the tribe.Women dressed in woven Spanish moss and palmetto leaf garments.  Calusa had a complex social and political organization. In charge were the hereditary chief and the dolman or priest. With elaborate rituals with synchronized singing and processions of masked priests. Inside a great temple the walls are covered by carved and painted wooden masks. The Calusa chief had the power of life and death over his subjects. It was thought that the chief and priest are able to intercede with the spirits that sustained the environment's bounty.The Calusa chief demanded obedience from all villagers. They seem to have practiced human sacrifice of captives, scalped and dismembered their slain enemies, and have been accused of being cannibals.

The Calusa territory reached from Charlotte Harbor to Cape Sable, and included the Florida Keys, and extending inland to Lake Okeechobee. Florida Keys is an archipelago of about 1700 islands in the southeast United States. They begin at the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles south of Miami, and extend in a gentle arc south-southwest and then westward to Key West, the westernmost of the inhabited islands, and on to the uninhabited Dry Tortugas. The islands lie along the Florida Straights, dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east from the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and defining one edge of Florida Bay. At the nearest point, the southern tip of Key West is just 90 miles from Cuba.

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Their written history begins in 1513 when, with a fleet of 80 canoes they boldly attacked Ponce de León, who was about to land on their coast, and after an all-day fight compelled him, to withdraw. Even at this early date they were already noted among the tribes for the golden wealth which they had accumulated from the numerous Spanish wrecks cast away upon the keys in passage from the south, and two centuries later they were regarded as veritable pirates, plundering and killing without mercy the crews of all vessels.

Over two centuries the Calusa’s relations with the Spaniards changed from wariness and hostility to a solid alliance with them against other Europeans. During the final fifty years of Calusa existence as a culture, other Native Americans, acting as agents of European opportunists, literally pushed the Calusa into the sea.

Excavations on Key Marco (next to Marco Island) revealed an amazing quantity of tools, weapons, utensils, masks and wood carvings preserved in a layer of organic mud within a Calusa Indian shell mound. The Calusa were judiciously savage warriors but were delicate artists as well, producing exquisite wooden bowls, masks, figurines, gorgets, and carved bone ornaments.

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Once the Calusa got a hold of these Spanish metals, which they could find in shipwrecks, the civilization seemed to go through a bit of an artistic golden age for a few hundred years  The Calusa are the best known group of South Florida Indian tribes and their vast domain was ruled by a single chief. Although lacking agriculture, the Calusa developed elaborate political, social and trade networks.

Sandfly Island about one mile offshore from the Gulf Coast ranger station in Everglades City is a 75 acre shell mound built in a donut shape with a narrow opening which allows water to flood the interior at high tide. It is believed that when the tide receded the Calusa stretched nets across the opening to catch fish and other marine animals. Calusa harvested over fifty species of fish,and more than twenty kinds of mollusks and crustaceans. They ate shellfish, crabs, land and sea turtles, birds, deer,rodents and other animals.

What was the Calusa Indians' fate? The Calusa Indians lived and thrived along the coast of Southwest Florida. They lived in harmony with the Southwest Florida environment. They depended on the estuary for most of their food. They ate pinfish grunt, mullet, sheepshead, and catfish as well as oysters,clams, whelks, and conchs. They were weakened and killed by diseases like smallpox, brought in by European explorers. Some of the calusa indians were enslaved and taken away.. By the late 1700s they had vanished from this area. This culter was lost. Replaced by spanish indians, descendents of Creek,Yamassee and other northern groups that had migrated into Florida.Only their shell mounds remain.

The Calusa were the last native Florida Indian people to succumb to colonization. But by the mid-1700s they had disappeared entirely. This describes the Calusa. The artifacts left behind, the plants and animals that inhabited the landscape and the underwater world of their ecosystem. It also discussed in traditions that survive to the present day among modern fisherfolk and in the culture of Native Americans in south Florida--the Seminole and Miccosukee peoples.

The Tequestas and Calusas eventually disappeared with the coming of Western civilization and its accompanying diseases and conquering spirit. The Creek Indians slowly moved into the southern states.They were neither welcomed nor beloved by the European and American settlers. They were to be called "Seminoles", a name perhaps corrupted from the Spanish word cimarron, meaning "wild" or from the Creek words ishti semoli, meaning "wildmen".

“It is important to remember America’s Everglades begin in central Florida, flowing through the Kissimmee River, down to Lake Okeechobee and the River of Grass.” 

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OCEAN POINTE SUITE # 1307, KEY LARGO, FLORIDA - OCEANSIDE - MM 92

Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
About 90 miles east of Key West.



Rates (in US Dollars )
Sep 01-Dec 15 ... $125/night .. $ 800/week. (3 night min)
Dec 16-Aug 31 ... $150/night .. $ 950/week. (3 night min)
Holidays ........ $200/night .. $1100/week. (3 night min)
Special Events .. $200/night .. $1100/week. (3 night min)
Special Events includes Mini + Open Lobster Season.
20 % deposit required to make a reservation.
Refundable up to 30 days before arrival date.

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Welcome...This page provides information on accommodations as well as a description of the amenities at Ocean Pointe Condo Resort located in Key Largo, Florida. Why stay at a hotel when you can rent an affordable holiday vacation lodging, situated directly on the atlantic ocean. Rent directly from the owner of this chalet, cabin, villa, home, apartment and condo accommodation in the beautiful Florida Keys.


 

Accommodations include - 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite, a full kitchen, living room, a private balcony with oceanviews.

Amenities include - 67 acres of tropical hardwoods, a protected mangrove forest and beach. Heated pool and spa, lighted tennis courts, marina and waterfront cafe with bar.


 
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Beautifully decorated, two bedroom, two bath, third-floor Condo. This unit is located at Ocean Pointe Suite and is perfect for anyone who dives, loves to boat, or wants to fish. This cozy unit is warm and inviting for those looking for a relaxing vacation or a getaway.

This resort condo has everything you need to restore your body and your mind. There is an outdoor pool and spa. There is a marina with dock space and boat ramp. There is a fishing pier, beach, canaba all in a park like setting. A sandy beach for relaxing and your tanning pleasure.  There are many restaurents in the area. There are many parks and beaches. You can bike, walk, kayak, sight see, charter boats, water sports, historic sites ect..... Or don't do anything.

Welcome to Ocean Pointe! This condo is available for your enjoyment. Please call or e-mail and you are well on your way to paradise!!!

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Amenities: Phone, Air Conditioning, Cable TVS, VCR, Stereo, CD Player, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer, Dryer, Hot Tub, pool, BBQ grill


Activities (on site or nearby): Beach, pool, Tennis, Biking, Coral Reef,Golf, Parks, beaches, Fishing, Wildlife Viewing, Backcountry Fishing,  Dea Sea Fishing, Kayaking, Shopping, Restaurants, Cinemas, Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving, Boating, Waterskiing, Windsurfing, Parasailing

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Vacation Rental Description A tropical paradise located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. This is a dream come true, boasting over 67 oceanfront acres of tropical hardwoods, mangrove forest and a beautiful beach.
This is a private gated resort, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the gateway to deep sea fishing. It is conveniently located near Tavernier Creek, with easy access to back-country fishing. This is the sportfishing capital of the world, with the only living coral reef in the continental United States. On the property is: a beach, a dock, a junior olympic size swimming pool with a spa, lighted tennis courts, tiki huts, a cocktail lounge with a cafe.


Vacation Rental Amenities Cocktail Lounge and Cafe - Heated Olympic Size Pool and Spa - Beach Area with Tiki Huts - Oceanfront Gazebo - Lighted Tennis Courts - Marina with Dock - Boat Ramp - Bait and Tackle Shop

Activities and Attractions JOHN PENNECAMP PARK * UPPER KEYS CORAL REEF * DEEP SEA FISHING * KAYAKING * BACKCOUNTRY FISHING * RESTAURANTS * SUNSET-SUNRISE * PARROT-HEADS ARE WELCOME

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OCEAN POINTE SUITE # 1307, KEY LARGO, FLORIDA - OCEANSIDE - MM 92

Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
About 90 miles east of Key West.




OCEAN VIEW September first thru December 15th: $900 per week plus tax.
December 16th thru August 31st: $1100 per week plus tax
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$1300 per week plus tax.
$300 refundable deposit - no pets, RV's are not allowed on Ocean Pointe property
Call for monthly rates - all rates subject to change. Boat Dockage often available: $1.50 per foot per day. $100,000 Proof of boat liability required when renting docks.




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Miami to Key West is one of the more memorable automobile tours. Drive the Overseas Highway across a 128 mile chain of subtropical islands.This chain of coral and limestone islands connected by 42 bridges. The waters ranging from aquamarine to deep blue and emerald green. With dazzling sunsets and sunrises. Just off U.S. 1 you can fine an underwater worlds of silent beauty, tropical birds, mangrove islands and the key deer. A prime vacation spot. A place where artists, writers, fishers, and retirees make their homes in the  fragile natural resources of the Florida Keys.

Fishing and kayaking are some of the many alluring outdoor adventures in the Upper Keys, a collection of 823 islands.

Your Upper Keys adventure and beach vacation features hiking, biking, kayaking, and some of the best snorkeling in the world! Not to mention a chance to relax on the beach and catch some sun. Explore the Florida Keys including historic and eccentric Key West, the Everglades National Park and the best of Florida’s state parks. Look for the hiden beauity of manatees, alligators, and thousands of exotic birds. Take an air boat ride or do some fishing. 



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    Ocean Pointe Suites at Key Largo. Spread across 67 acres of the Florida Keys ... 2 Lighted tennis courts, large pool, private beach, kayaking, volleyball ...

HISTORY OF THE FLORIDA KEYS

The history of the Florida Keys is colorful and diverse. Keys' residents range from Indians following bison and elephants south after the Ice Age, to pirates on the open seas, to sturdy farmers and fishermen building houses from coral rock and driftwood, to Ernest Hemingway, to Jimmy Buffett. Each age, each group has left a mark on the land and the people, making the Conch Republic interesting and unique place it is today.


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