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Updated: 06/04/2014 08:00:05AM

The Spanish history of the Calusa

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Historians credit the Spanish Empire for the discovery of the Americas and the New World.

In the 1400s they made several trips across the Atlantic Ocean to survey and access these new lands. It was the king of Spain and his allies who began mapping and recording, with much detail, the results of this investigation. Their written record of their exploits in the New World contain much information useful in trying to learn and understand the Calusa people before the tribe’s eventual extinction.

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