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Updated: 12/02/2017 08:30:00AM

Clues to area’s Native American history found in ‘Garbage’

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A sign at Indian Mound Park in Englewood marks the entrance to a trail leading to a shell midden. The illustration documents historical facts about the Native American Indians who once lived at the park.

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"Primer Encuentro (First Meeting)," by artist Dean Quigley reimagines the first meeting of Spaniards with the Calusa.

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Pedro Menéndez de Avilés (Chad Light) meets Calusa Chief Carlos (Larry Yazzie), in the documentary "Escampaba: The Kingdom of Carlos."

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Scientists examine the earth of Southwest Florida to learn more about the Calusa.

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Calusa relics

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Artifacts unearthed in Englewood, now believed to be of the Manasota Culture, reveal many differences from the Calusa. Pots like this one were more elaborately decorated, rather than the plain pots found at typical Calusa sites.

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Clues to the early people who lived in the area have been found in Warm Mineral Springs..

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Clues to the early people who lived in the area have been found in Warm Mineral Springs..

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Clues to the early people who lived in the area have been found in Warm Mineral Springs..

By BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER

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They powered their canoes swiftly and mightily, their skin glistening with the water’s spray. Their muscles alternately flexed and relaxed as they paddled. There was no time to spare if they were to reach their destination before dusk. Soon, they would be swept up in the rushing waters that would propel them even more quickly on their journey.

Once there, they’d trade their precious salt for goods they needed, sturdy rock for tools, and perhaps a bead or ceramic figurine for a special gift.

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