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Key Largo Sunrise    Majorie Stoneman Douglas named the Everglades a river, but, she was not the first to understand its importance for South Florida’s wildlife and peoples.

The Pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza

The Miami River evolved over thousands of years from a tidal channel into a freshwater stream that carried water from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay. It is the oldest natural landmark in Southeast Florida. The word "Miami" is said to come from an Indian word meaning "sweet water."

The Miami River is a river in Florida that drains out of the Everglades and runs through downtown Miami,Florida. The 5.5 mile long river flows from the terminus of the Miami Canal at to Biscayhe Bay. It was originally a natural river inhabited at its mouth by the Tequesta Indians.

The first people in South Florida were Paleo-Indians. They discovered the area more than 10,000 years ago. Hundreds of years before Christopher Columbus discovered the New World, the Tequesta Indians lived there.

The River Meets the Bay
The Glades Culture
500 B.C. - A.D. 1763

Gradual improvements in technology, along with the rich and diverse resources provided by wetlands, hammocks, and coastal ridges, enabled prehistoric populations to expand in size and spread throughout southern Florida. The Miami River served as a link between the interior Everglades, the coastal upland ridge, Biscayne Bay, and the barrier islands.

The Tequesta Native American tribe, occupied an area along the southeastern Atlantic coast of Florida.The Tequesta tribe lived in what are now Miami - Dade County and the southern half of Broward County. Their territory may have also included the northern half of Broward County. They also occupied the Florida Keys at times.

The Tequeasta made the southern end of the Florida peninsula their home. In the 16th Century the central town (also called Tequesta) was at the mouth of the Miami River. A village had been at that site at least since 1200. The tribal chief was also called Tequesta.

The Tequestas were more or less dominated by the Calusa Indians of the southwest coast of Florida. The Tequestas were closely allied to their immediate neighbors to the north, the Jeaga. Estimates of the number of Tequestas at the time of initial European contact range from 800 to 10,000, while estimates of the number of Calusas on the southwest coast of Florida range from 2,000 to 20,000. Occupation of the Florida Keys may have swung back and forth between the two tribes.

Tequesta Indians lived close to Biscayne Bay and the Miami River near what is present day Miami. They were mainly hunters and gathers living off the coastal fish and shellfish and gathering wild plants, nuts, and berries. The Tequesta Indians fished, hunted, and gathered the fruit and roots of plants for food, but did not practice any form of agriculture. South Florida is home to many unique indigenous plants. The Native Americans were skilled at utilizing various parts of a plant for different aspects of life.

The Tequesta also gathered palmetto berries, coco plums, sea grapes, and palm nuts to eat. In the Everglades, they hunted bear, deer, wild boar, and small mammals. The Tequesta made flour by grinding up the roots of certain plants. Unfortunately, these food sources were not very plentiful along the southern coast, so the Tequesta never became a large or powerful tribe compared to their western neighbors, the Calusa.

The Tequesta used shells and sharks' teeth for a variety of tools. These included hammers, chisels, fishhooks, drinking cups, and spearheads. Sharks' teeth were used to carve out logs to make canoes.

They buried the small bones of the deceased with the rest of the body, and put the larger bones in a box for the village people to see. The Tequesta are credited with making the Miami Circle.

The river ran clear and clean for five miles, fed by natural springs at its bottom and from tributaries, and from the tea-colored waters of the Everglades. Juan Ponce de Leon probably the first European to set eyes on the Miami River, when he discovered Biscayne Bay in July 1513. There, he noted the large Tequesta Indian village on the north bank.

Ponce de Leon was the first to encounter the Miami River Tequesta during his 1513 expedition to "La Florida." In 1566, Pedro Menendez de Aviles and his men attempted to build a mission and establish a garrison near the site. The mission was abandoned after fighting broke out with the Indians.

Once an important link between the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, the lands bordering the Miami River have been damaged by uncontrolled development, industrial pollution and lack of intelligent long-range urban policy.

Miami River Pictures 


"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson


"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are."
– E. E. Cummings
In its original natural state, the river started at rapids that were formed by a rocky edge of the Everglades. These rapids were removed when the Miami Canal was dredged in an attempt to drain the wetland.


The Miami River spans five and a half miles from Biscayne Bay to Miami International Airport. The Miami Canal, which extends further west, was dredged between 1909-1912, but is not the original river.

Everywhere you look, you see evidence of maritime culture: freighters, tugboats, houseboats, commercial fishing fleets, lobster crates, luxury yachts, sailboats and even derelict craft stand out on the river. All these vessels share a relatively narrow body of water: 90 to 150 feet of is considered navigable by federal standards, although some spots on the river can be as wide as 225 feet.


The river really isn’t a pretty place – not in a Mickey Mouse tropical South Beach sort of way.  The website of a popular riverfront restaurant calls it an “industrial wasteland.” But for my buck, it’s probably one of the most interesting areas of town and one definitely worth exploring. 


On the count of three, JUMP!


"Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it."
– T.S. Eliot


Pick the pace up!


Peek a boo!


The first permanent European settlers arrived in the early 1800s. People came from the Bahamas to South Florida and the Florida KeysKeys to hunt for treasure from the ships that ran aground on the treacherous Great Florida reef. Some accepted Spanish land offers along the Miami River. At about the same time, the Seminole Indians arrived, along with a group of runaway slaves. The area was affected by the Seminole Wars.


Fort Dallas
In the 1830’s a man named Richard Fitzpatrick began acquiring large pieces of land on both sides of the Miami River. He operated a successful plantation where he cultivated sugar cane, bananas, corn, and tropical fruit. Fort Dallas was located on Fitzpatrick’s Plantation on the north bank of the river.
 This land went on to house the U.S. military (on several occasions), a lemon and lime plantation with slaves and then in 1891, it was acquired by Julia Tuttle.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
– Aristotle


 In the late 1830's  a plantation/trading post was established on the banks of the Miami River at Fort Dallas. Fort Dallas became the first permanent settlement of a non-native community in this area.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
– Sir Winston Churchill


From the dark into the light!

After World War I, Southern Florida was advertised as a place where one’s worries could melt away. Celebrities and tourists flocked to the area, land sales increased astronomically and as a result land prices went up.


Entire history of the Miami River and see how the river is undergoing a complete transformation as dozens of condominiums, hotels and buildings are popping up along the banks of the river making it a different place in the near future.


"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
– Thomas A. Edison


From the land to the sea?

Cought in time!


Looking to the sea for answers!


"Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible — not to have run away."
– Dag Hammarskjold


Miami River history includes the Tequesta Indians, Julia Tuttle, Henry Flagler, the Miami Circle and the cargo district which makes Miami a truly working river.


I walked on my own from Bayside to Met One at the mouth of the river.  It was very pleasant and beautiful, enhanced by the same cool easterly breeze we've had all week on the bay.  I used to hate all the damn condo overdevelopment and while I still have mixed feelings about it, I must say that it's quite energizing to be surrounded by the bay and the tall buildings in the glow of a winter sunset. 


Forgive me Father for I have sinned..! . Overcome space, and we have here.
Overcome time and we have now. No limits, and your race to learning begins. 


Follow the Yellow Brick Road - Hahahaha!!


In the shadows of this modern city's gleaming towers, under the remains of a blighted apartment block, archeologists digging through the rubble of centuries have uncovered a mysterious circle in stone.

The circle, formed of dozens of holes bored into the limestone bedrock with rudimentary tools and located just a few steps from the mouth of the Miami River, is a startling window into Florida's pre-Columbian history in the heart of a bustling metropolis, archeologists say.

A cache of artifacts including shells, beads and pottery shards has persuaded some experts that the circle is likely the foundation of a Tequesta Indian building at the site of one of Miami's first trading posts founded by northern settlers.

Experts believe the circle proves that the Tequesta, hunter-gatherers who settled in a village at the mouth of the Miami River by 300 B.C., possibly much earlier, may have been more highly developed than originally thought.

The house is believed to be the foundation of a rare 2,000 year-old temple or council house and has the bones of a 6-foot shark and a now-extinct monk seal buried inside the circle. Carved into the east floor, as if to watch the rising sun, is an eye-like basin with a rock iris at its center.

But another, more intriguing theory has been advanced: that the circle is a celestial calendar, perhaps made by a breakaway band of Mayas, the sophisticated Central American Indians who lived in the Yucatan, Belize and northern Guatemala.


MIAMI RIVER   Tequeasta Indians and HISTORY



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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.

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