[90] With an increasing European presence in south Florida, Native Americans from the Keys and other areas began increasing their trips to Cuba. [69] Bald cypress trees grow in formations with the tallest and thickest trunks in the center, rooted in the deepest peat. [48] Where sawgrass grows densely, few animals or other plants live, although alligators choose these locations for nesting. Molly was so scared, not knowing what was going to happen to her. The groups acted as allies. Intense daytime heating of the ground causes the warm moist tropical air to rise, creating the afternoon thundershowers typical of tropical climates. It also dissolved oxygen in the peat, promoted algae, and prohibited growth of native invertebrates on the bottom of the food chain. The ecosystem it forms is not presently found anywhere else on earth. Like the Calusa, the Tequesta societies centered on the mouths of rivers. [20] This slight rise in elevation on both sides of the Everglades creates a basin, and forces water that overflows Lake Okeechobee to creep toward the southwest. Sea grasses also serve to stabilize the sea beds and protect shorelines from erosion by absorbing energy from waves. Fields in the EAA are typically 40 acres (160,000 m2), bordered by canals on two sides, that are connected to larger canals where water is pumped in or out depending on the needs of the crops. The new jetport was planned to be larger than O'Hare, Dulles, JFK, and LAX airports combined,[citation needed] and the chosen location was 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Everglades National Park. [153] The SFWMD built Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) near sugarcane fields where water leaving the EAA flows into ponds lined with lime rock and layers of peat and calcareous periphyton. It is particularly vulnerable immediately after a fire. They conformed to the environmental changes, and created many tools with the various resources available. An STA spanning 17,000 acres (69 km2) was constructed in 2004, making it the largest manmade wetland in the world. 954-434-8111 Ext 102, 7 Days a Week: We open at 9AM (Rain or Shine)Tours are 60-mins in length, departing every 20-mins.Last boat departs at 4:00PM SHARP, EVERGLADES HOLIDAY PARK ® 2020 - FLORIDA'S MOST EXCITING NATURAL ATTRACTION [80] The fresh water coming into Florida Bay from the Everglades creates perfect conditions for vast beds of turtle grass and algae formations that are the foundation for animal life in the bay. We’ll continue to monitor state and local … Internationally, UNESCO and the Ramsar Convention designated the Everglades a Wetland Area of Global Importance. More than 800 square miles (2,100 km2) of Florida Bay is protected by Everglades National Park, representing the largest body of water in the park boundaries. Major sloughs in the Everglades system include the Shark River Slough flowing out to Florida Bay, Lostmans River Slough bordering The Big Cypress, and Taylor Slough in the eastern Everglades. Miami is a … [44] Scientists indicate fire as the cause; it is also cited as the reason for the black color of Everglades muck. "[7] The region was labeled "Pa-hai-okee" on a U.S. military map from 1839, although it had earlier been called "Ever Glades" throughout the Second Seminole War. They named the unknown area between the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of Florida Laguna del Espíritu Santo ("Lake of the Holy Spirit"). 954-434-8111 With Spanish colonization, both tribes declined gradually during the following two centuries. Broward was paid by land developer Richard J. Bolles to tour the state to promote drainage. [119] They were shot usually in the spring, when their feathers were colored for mating and nesting. Schmitt, Eric (October 20, 2000). Canals were constructed throughout the first half of the 20th century, and spurred the South Florida economy, prompting land development. These plateaus rise and fall only a few inches, but on the subtle South Florida topography these small variations affect both the flow of water and the types of vegetation that can take hold.[38]. These African Americans gradually created communities near those of the Seminole, and became known as the Black Seminoles. The naturally occurring bacteria that reduce sulfur in the Everglades ecosystem were transforming the mercury into methylmercury, and it was bioaccumulating through the food chain. [127] In 1939, a million acres (4,000 km2) of Everglades burned, and the black clouds of peat and sawgrass fires hung over Miami. Round out your client's cruise from Port Everglades by encouraging a pre or post stay in Greater Fort Lauderdale, a "port of call" all its own. If you’re up for a bit of an adventure, visit the Everglades and explore this fascinating area unique to Florida. [30] As water leaves an area through evaporation from groundwater or from plant matter, activated primarily by solar energy, it is then moved by wind patterns to other areas that border or flow into the Everglades watershed system. It also absorbs calcium from water, which adds to the calcitic composition of the marl.[50]. The plumes, or aigrettes, as they were called in the millinery business, sold for $32 an ounce in 1915— the price of gold. The report also assessed the future trajectory of each ecosystem attribute under three restoration scenarios: improved water quality, improved hydrology, and improvements to both water quality and hydrology, which helped highlight the urgency of restoration actions to benefit a wide range of ecosystem attributes and demonstrate the cost of inaction. The plant hardiness zones are 10a north with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 30 to 35 °F (−1 to +2 °C), and 10b south with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 35 to 40 °F (2 to 4 °C). A national push for expansion and progress in the United States occurred in the later part of the 19th century, which stimulated interest in draining the Everglades for agricultural use. Cave, Damien (November 12, 2008). Bird feathers were used in women's hats in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. [170] It predicted that without intervention the entire South Florida ecosystem would deteriorate. Wash or disinfect your hands before and after; Wear a mask to protect yourself and others; Stay at least 6 feet away from others; Don’t visit if you feel sick; Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time. [108] They were effective in lowering the groundwater, but it became apparent that their capacity was insufficient for the wet season. Sugarcane production soared after the dike and canal were built. "[66] The name refers to its area rather than the height or diameter of the trees; at its most conservative estimate, the swamp measures 1,200 square miles (3,100 km2), but the hydrologic boundary of The Big Cypress can be calculated at over 2,400 square miles (6,200 km2). [47] The hydroperiod for the marsh is at least nine months, and can last longer. Along the western border of the Big Cypress Swamp is the Immokolee Ridge (or Immokolee Rise), a slight rise of compressed sand that divides the runoff between the Caloosahatchee River and The Big Cypress. [133] The C&SF constructed over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of canals, and hundreds of pumping stations and levees within three decades. 4 Great Reasons to Visit the Everglades Before the Year Ends Whether you’re a Florida native or it’s your favorite place to vacation, there are so many activities you can choose from to get the most out of the Sunshine State. During the 1950s and 1960s the Miami metropolitan area grew four times as fast as the rest of the nation. After Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821, conflicts between settlers and the Seminole increased as the former tried to acquire lands. Where there are longer hydroperiods, peat builds up over hundreds or thousands of years due to many generations of decaying plant matter. [137] The primary cash crop in the EAA is sugarcane, though sod, beans, lettuce, celery, and rice are also grown. That changed in 2016, after my good friend and then-chairman of the Senate Committee on Environmental and Public Works, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), became a proponent of Everglades … An 1840 expedition into the Everglades offered the first printed account for the general public to read about the Everglades. [141] When studies indicated the proposed jetport would create 4,000,000 US gallons (15,000,000 L) of raw sewage a day and 10,000 short tons (9,100 t) of jet engine pollutants a year, the project met staunch opposition. The climate of South Florida is located across the broad transition zone between subtropical and tropical climates (Koppen Aw, Am and Cfa). The snakes were most likely either pets that had … It had enough support to be declared a national park by Congress in 1934. [5], British surveyor John Gerard de Brahm, who mapped the coast of Florida in 1773, called the area "River Glades". After the air-boat ride, watch the alligator wildlife show with plenty of time to experience the jungle walking trail filled with crocodile exhibits. Eventually the water from Lake Okeechobee and The Big Cypress makes its way to the ocean. Calcium deposits are present where more limestone is exposed. 954-434-8111 The history of draining and development of the Everglades dates back to the 19th century. Occasionally, tropical lows can become severe tropical cyclones and cause significant damage when the make landfall across south Florida. With their claws and snouts they dig at low spots and create ponds free of vegetation that remain submerged throughout the dry season. Spanish depictions of the Tequesta state that they were greatly feared by sailors, who suspected them of torturing and killing survivors of shipwrecks. In 1886, 5 million birds were estimated to be killed for their feathers. [128] Scientists who took soil samples before draining did not take into account that the organic composition of peat and muck in the Everglades make it prone to soil subsidence when it becomes dry. The increasing population in towns near the Everglades hunted in the area. Slower runoff also created an accumulation of almost 18 feet (5.5 m) of peat in the area. [131], The same year the park was dedicated, two hurricanes and the wet season caused 100 inches (250 cm) to fall on South Florida. Continental rifting began to separate North America from Gondwana about 180 million years ago. Find the perfect everglades city florida stock photo. The most diverse group of plants in the pine community are the herbs, of which there are two dozen species. Salt ocean water intruded into Miami's wells; when the city brought in an expert to explain why, he discovered that the water in the Everglades was the area's groundwater—here, it appeared on the surface. Morgan, Curtis, Clark, Lesley (April 29, 2009). The vertical gradient from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay is about 2 inches (5.1 cm) per mile, creating an almost 60-mile (97 km) wide expanse of river that travels about half a mile (0.8 km) a day. [58] They may range from one (4,000 m2) to ten acres (40,000 m2) in area, and appear in freshwater sloughs, sawgrass prairies, or pineland. Everglades National Park YouTube Channel From scientific findings to virtual tours, enjoy these videos showcasing the park, resources, and hardworking staff behind the scenes. [134] Developed areas between the mid-1950s and the late 1960s quadrupled. The area recognized as the Everglades, prior to drainage, was a web of marshes and prairies 4,000 square miles (10,000 km2) in size. [103] Willoughby pointed out that much of the rest of the country had been explored and mapped except for this part of Florida, writing, "(w)e have a tract of land one hundred and thirty miles long and seventy miles wide that is as much unknown to the white man as the heart of Africa."[104]. [17], With the rise of sea levels that occurred during the Pleistocene approximately 17,000 years ago, the runoff of water from Lake Okeechobee slowed and created the vast marshland that is now known as the Everglades. It is one of the most sparsely populated areas of the state. Hardwood hammocks exhibit a mixture of subtropical and hardwood trees, such as Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana), gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba), royal palm (Roystonea), and bustic (Dipholis salicifolia) that grow in very dense clumps. [100], The land seemed to inspire extreme reactions of both wonder or hatred. [2] The system begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee. The act put the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in charge of testing and enforcing low phosphorus levels: 10 parts per billion (ppb) (down from 500 ppb in the 1980s). Portions of the Everglades were transformed into farmland, where the primary crop was sugarcane. Rain water is less likely to erode the limestone to form solution holes—smaller versions of sinkholes that do not intersect with the water table. The dry season sees little rainfall and dew points and humidity are often quite low. The most prominent feature of the Everglades are the, Location of Everglades in the southern third of the Florida Peninsula, Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project, Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, Gleason, Patrick, Peter Stone, "Age, Origins, and Landscape Evolution of the Everglades Peatland" in. Much less permeable, this formation is highly calcitic and is composed of sandy shell marl, clay, and sand. South Florida slash pines are insulated by their bark to protect them from heat. When only 30 members were left, they were removed to Havana. "Vast Effort to Save Everglades Falters as U.S. Funds Dwindle". [28], Unlike any other wetland system on earth, the Everglades are sustained primarily by the atmosphere. [175] However, federal funds have not been forthcoming; CERP was signed when the U.S. government had a budget surplus, but since then deficits have renewed, and two of CERP's major supporters in Congress retired. [123] In 1925, Miami newspapers published editions weighing over 7 pounds (3.2 kg), most of it in real estate advertising. [104] A massive canal was also constructed 80 feet (24 m) wide and 6 feet (1.8 m) deep through the Caloosahatchee River; whenever the lake rose too high, the excess water left through the canal. The IIF found a Pennsylvania real estate developer named Hamilton Disston interested in implementing plans to drain the land for agriculture. [144], The Central and Southern Florida Flood Control Project's final construction project was straightening the Kissimmee River, a meandering 90-mile (140 km)-long river that was drained to make way for grazing land and agriculture. [184] As a result of the stimulus package, a mile-long (1.6 km) bridge to replace the Tamiami Trail, a road that borders Everglades National Park to the north and has blocked water from reaching the southern Everglades, was begun by the Army Corps of Engineers in December 2009. [87] In the early 18th century, the Calusa came under attack from the Yamasee to the north. [179] Overall, the report concluded that substantial near-term progress to address both water quality and hydrology in the central Everglades is needed to reverse ongoing degradation before it is too late. [150] When the lake drained, the phosphorus entered the water in the marshes, changing the nutrient levels. By 1913, the Seminole in the Everglades numbered no more than 325. [102] In 1897, explorer Hugh Willoughby spent eight days canoeing with a party from the mouth of the Harney River to the Miami River. Molly, before and after. It comprises the interior areas and southernmost Gulf Coast of South Florida, largely corresponding to the Everglades itself. [171], The Restudy came with a plan to stop the declining environmental quality, and this proposal was to be the most expensive and comprehensive ecological repair project in history. [140], A turning point came for development in the Everglades at the proposal in the late 1960s for an expanded airport, after Miami International Airport outgrew its capacities. Damage to the Florida Everglades can be seen from the air, as shown in these NASA images from before (March 28, 2017) and after (Dec. 1, 2017) Hurricane Irma. Calusa weapons consisted of bows and arrows, atlatls, and spears. [43] Whereas in the wet season, dead plant matter and the tips of grasses and trees are burned, in the dry season the fire may be fed by organic peat and burn deeply, destroying root systems. Elected to the Senate in 1910, Broward died before he could take office. It was signed by President Bill Clinton on December 11, 2000. The alligators then feed upon some of the animals that come to the hole.[56][57]. After the Civil War, a state agency called the Internal Improvement Fund (IIF), whose purpose was to improve Florida's roads, canals, and rail lines, was discovered to be deeply in debt. It takes approximately 225 years for one foot (.30 m) of peat to develop, but in some locations the peat is less dense than it should be for the 5,000 years of the Everglades' existence. Water leaving the lake in the wet season forms a slow-moving river60 miles (97 km) wide and over 100 miles (160 km) long, flowing sout… The area, which includes 187,000 acres (760 km2) of land, would then be rehabilitated and water flow from Lake Okeechobee would be restored. Water is the dominant force in the Everglades, shaping the land, vegetation, and animal life in South Florida. [172] The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) proposed more than 60 construction projects over 30 years to store water that was being flushed into the ocean, in reservoirs, underground aquifers, and abandoned quarries; add more Stormwater Treatment Areas to filter water that flowed into the lower Everglades; regulate water released from pumping stations into local waterways and improve water released to Everglades National Park and Water Conservation Areas; remove barriers to sheetflow by raising the Tamiami Trail and destroying the Miami Canal, and reuse wastewater for urban areas. Cats that are let outside live close to suburban populations and have been estimated to number 640 per square mile. Many tropical fish have been released, but blue tilapias (Oreochromis aureus) cause damage to shallow waterways by creating large nests and consuming aquatic plants that protect native young fish. Calcium deposits are left behind when flooding is shorter. The program promotes the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of each child. More water is held within the porous ooids and limestone than older types of rock that spent more time above sea level. ','d','i','d','g','a','m','e','n','"','h','s','r','"','h','f','v','m','i','l','r','p','a','e','d','l','a','o','e','s','>','"','r','o','l','f','o','o','<','p','k','r',' ','c','a','i','h','m',':','a','=','/','@','s','=','l','g','a','m','i','a','a','n','t','i','e','d','>','o','. You can enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of the Everglades before and after your tour through America’s largest subtropical wetlands. [62] A period without significant fire can turn pineland into a hardwood hammock as larger trees overtake the slash pines. Bodies of water including Lake Okeechobee, the Caloosahatchee River, St. Lucie estuary, Lake Worth Lagoon, Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay and the Everglades reflected drastic water level changes, hypersalinity, and dramatic changes in marine and freshwater ecosystems. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. [91] Spanish priests attempted to set up missions in 1743, but noted that the Tequesta were under assault from a neighboring tribe. Rising seas could divert Florida focus, funding from Everglades water quality to tidal flooding. Testing has shown this method to be more effective than previously anticipated, bringing levels from 80 ppb to 10 ppb. [74], There are three species of trees that are considered mangroves: red (Rhizophora mangle), black (Avicennia germinans), and white (Laguncularia racemosa), although all are from different families. The construction of the Tamiami Trail, beginning in 1928 and spanning the region from Tampa to Miami, altered their ways of life. Fire eliminates competing vegetation on the forest floor, and opens pine cones to germinate seeds. [179] To better understand the potential implications of the current slow pace of progress, the report assessed the current status of ten Everglades ecosystem attributes, including phosphorus loads, peat depth, and populations of snail kites, birds of prey that are endangered in South Florida. The US finally decided to leave them alone, as they could not dislodge them even after this protracted and expensive warfare. Ways to Write Off Your Next Vacation to Florida, The Burmese Python Challenge "2020 Python Bowl", Start 2020 Off Right by Touring the Everglades, Python Hunter Donna Kalil Helps Maintain the Everglades. [118] Millinery was a $17 million a year industry[120] that motivated plume harvesters to lay in watch of nests of egrets and many colored birds during the nesting season, shoot the parents with small-bore rifles, and leave the chicks to starve. Soon after his successful election, he began work to "drain that abominable pestilence-ridden swamp",[114] and pushed the Florida legislature to form a group of commissioners to oversee reclamation of flooded lands. [83] During the Late Archaic period, the climate became wetter again, and approximately 3000 BCE the rise of water tables allowed an increase in population and cultural activity. [129] One month before the dedication of the park, a former editor from The Miami Herald and freelance writer named Marjory Stoneman Douglas released her first book titled The Everglades: River of Grass. The system begins near Orlando with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee. In the southern Everglades, was Everglades National Park Levees and pumping stations--like the one at the northwest edge of Loxahatchee Road--released water in drier times and removed it and pumped it to the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. More than 36,000 acres (150 km2) of Stormwater Treatment Areas have been constructed to filter 2,500 short tons (2,300 t) of phosphorus from Everglades waters. Sea turtles and manatees eat the grass, while invertebrate animals, such as worms, clams and other mollusks eat the algae formations and microscopic plankton. This is what its all about! The moats around the hammocks protect the trees. Water leaving Lake Okeechobee may require months or years to reach its final destination, Florida Bay. People who kept more traditional ways had settlements along the Tamiami Trail and tended to speak the Mikasuki language. [17], The geologic formations that have the most influence on the Everglades are the Miami Limestone and the Fort Thompson Formation. Miami experienced a second real estate boom that earned a developer in Coral Gables $150 million. The military penetration of southern Florida offered the opportunity to map a poorly understood and largely unknown part of the country. Sloughs, or free-flowing channels of water, develop in between sawgrass prairies. Crowded cities were facing problems such as high crime rates, traffic jams, severely overcrowded schools, and overtaxed public services; the report noted that water shortages were ironic, given the 53 inches (130 cm) of rain the region received annually. [163][164] In Everglades National Park alone, agents removed more than 2,000 Burmese pythons from the park as of 2017[update]. Mangrove trees were cut down and replaced with palm trees to improve the view. Their effects are largely superficial, and serve to foster specific plant growth: sawgrass will burn above water, but the roots are preserved underneath. [52] Submerged and floating plants grow here, such as bladderwort (Utricularia), waterlily (Nymphaeaceae), and spatterdock (Nuphar lutea). "Phosphorus Inputs and Vegetation Sensitivity in the Everglades" in. About 70% of the annual rainfall in south Florida occurs in the wet season – often as brief but intense tropical downpours. [107], The IIF was able to invest in development projects due to Disston's purchase, and an opportunity to improve transportation arose when oil tycoon Henry Flagler began purchasing land and building rail lines along the east coast of Florida, as far south as Palm Beach in 1893. If you don’t have one, it can be provided. [94] Conflict broke out again in the Third Seminole War from 1855 to 1859, when a few hundred Seminole fought off US forces from the swamps of the Everglades. The C&SF started building the C-38 canal in 1962 and the effects were seen almost immediately. [16] The Fort Thompson and Anastasia Formations, and Miami Limestone and (x), were formed during the Sangamon interglacial period. The Miami metropolitan area grew substantially at this time and Everglades water was diverted to cities. As metropolitan areas in South Florida began to grow, the two groups were closely associated with the Everglades. [23] Soil deposits in the Everglades basin indicate that peat is deposited where the land is flooded consistently throughout the year. However, this aquifer lies beneath thousands of feet of impermeable sedimentary rock from Lake Okeechobee to the southern tip of the peninsula. With heightened awareness and appreciation of the region, restoration began in the 1980s with the removal of a canal that had straightened the Kissimmee River. Migrants to the region who wanted to develop plantations first proposed draining the Everglades in 1848, but no work of this type was attempted until 1882. [75] All grow in oxygen-poor soil, can survive drastic water level changes, and are tolerant of salt, brackish, and fresh water. The Okeechobee Flood Control District was created in 1929, financed by both state and federal funds. Expanded dredging efforts between 1905 and 1910 transformed large tracts from wetland to agricultural land. Raccoons and otters were the most widely hunted for their skins. Marjory Stoneman Douglas described the area as a "River of Grass" in 1947, though that metaphor represents only a portion of the system. [187] In May 2010, 5.5 miles (8.9 km) of bridges were proposed to be added to the Tamiami Trail.[188]. It is such an interesting place that it keeps calling me back. The ebb and flow of water has shaped the land and every ecosystem in South Florida throughout the Everglades' estimated 5,000 years of existence. The Tamiami Formation is a compression of highly permeable light colored fossiliferous sands and pockets of quartz, 150 feet (46 m) thick. [152], The Everglades Forever Act, introduced by Governor Lawton Chiles in 1994, was an attempt to legislate the lowering of phosphorus in Everglades waterways. The cattails grew in dense mats—too thick for birds or alligators to nest in. Starting at the last glacial maximum, 21,000 years ago, continental ice sheets retreated and sea levels rose. Writer James Grant Forbes stated in 1811, "The Indians represent [the Southern points] as impenetrable; and the [British] surveyors, wreckers, and coasters, had not the means of exploring beyond the borders of the sea coast, and the mouths of rivers". That was before the pythons had arrived. "[143] Governor Claude Kirk withdrew his support for the project, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas was persuaded at 79 years old to go on tour to give hundreds of speeches against it. [154], As a center for trade and travel between the U.S., the Caribbean, and South America, South Florida is especially vulnerable to invasive species, or species of plants and animals that adapt aggressively to conditions in the Everglades, allowing them to reproduce faster and grow larger than they would naturally in their native environments. In 2008, the State of Florida agreed to buy U.S. Sugar and all of its manufacturing and production facilities for an estimated $1.7 billion. [112] Three months after the first train had arrived, the residents of Miami voted to incorporate the town. Katherisen, K. (2001). Not acting to improve the South Florida ecosystem, the report predicted, would inevitably cause further and intolerable deterioration that would harm local tourism by 12,000 jobs and $200 million annually, and commercial fishing by 3,300 jobs and $52 million annually. [14][15], Surrounding the southern part of Lake Okeechobee is the Fort Thompson Formation, made of dense, hard limestone, shells, and sand. [61], Two catastrophic hurricanes in 1926 and 1928 caused Lake Okeechobee to breach its levees, killing thousands of people. [82] However, 6,500 years ago, climate changes brought a wetter landscape; large animals became extinct in Florida, and the Paleo-Indians slowly adapted and became the Archaic peoples. Waterfowl, wading birds, and fish disappeared, prompting conservationists and sport fishers to demand the region be restored before the canal was finished in 1971. Driving to the city a day before your cruise ships’ embarkation is a great way to avoid any delays and get a good night’s sleep before your trip starts. [85] Most of their tools were made of bone or teeth, although sharpened reeds were also effective for hunting or war. Land in the Everglades was being sold for $15 an acre a month after Broward died. [12], Fluctuating sea levels compressed numerous layers of calcium carbonate, sand, and shells. Since then, the snakes — native to Asia — have gotten comfortable in their new home. [111] By 1896 the rail line had been extended to Biscayne Bay. Carlton started the Florida Wildlife Corridor project in 2010 to help connect the state’s protected areas and allow animals to move from one to the other, in particular, the Florida panther. Following the demise of the Calusa and Tequesta, Native Americans in southern Florida were referred to as "Spanish Indians" in the 1740s, probably due to their friendlier relations with Spain. 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