Along the shallow bay, people started to build settlements 5000 years ago. Today, it’s known as the Historic Spanish Point, where the indigenous people of Florida lived on fishing and hunting. The involvement of Floridians in fishing is evident with the well-carved tools made up of shells, wood, and bone still found at the Historic Spanish Point. Do you want to know more about this ancient gem in Florida? Come, explore Historic Spanish Point with us.
What is Historic Spanish Point famous for?
Known as the most significant prehistoric village in the U.S., Spanish Point welcomes you with bird chirps and a calm breeze when you step in. Pottery vessels, Fire Pits, and other archaeological investigations are visible evidence of Floridians’ past. Wild mangroves and Pine Flatwoods cover Spanish Point along the west and east, complemented by a diverse plant community of live oaks, palms, red cedar, gumbo limbo, and southern magnolia trees. Witness the 1900-year-old plant species introduced by the Palmer family and experience serenity amidst the jungle adventure. Owned and operated by Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Spanish Point encompasses the six gardens of Bertha Honore Palmer.
There’s also an exhibition, “A Window to the Past”, held at one of the middens of the Historic Spanish Point where tourists come to see artefacts of the past from the 20-feet prehistoric shell mound.
It’s said that pioneer John Webb named the Spanish Point’s post office after the local fishhawk and the community of Osprey was born. He developed cane syrup and orange marmalade. He grew bananas nine years before they were introduced to the general public at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia (the same place where the Bell telephone was introduced and the first world’s fair in the U.S.).
If you’re planning to visit the Historic Spanish Point, here are some things to note:
- It is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- You can find restrooms conveniently located throughout the area.
- Fishing, hunting or bringing pets aren’t allowed around the Spanish Point.
- Children and adults alike can have a good time at Spanish Point.
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