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Ponce and the Calusa
Location: 13810 Waterfront Drive, Pineland, Florida

William Marquardt, Ph.D., Curator of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography at the Florida Museum of Natural History, will present a lecture entitled, "Ponce de Leon and the Calusa Indians: 500 Years Ago in Southwest Florida," at 7:00 p.m. in the Randell Research Center classroom, Calusa Heritage Trail, Pineland.

Juan Ponce de Leon and his party were met by hostility when they first encountered the native Calusa people in the summer of 1513. Drawing from historical and archaeological information, Dr. Marquardt will describe the encounter and provide context to help understand the motivations of the Indians and Spaniards who met on that fateful day.

Admission is free for members of Friends of the Randell Research Center and $5.00 for others. The RRC classroom, teaching pavilion, and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible. Phone 239-283-2062 for more information.


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