History in Motion

View before the bridge was built at the old yacht club.

Courtesy of the Marco Island Historical Society

View before the bridge was built at the old yacht club.

Fast facts

The shape of Marco Island has changed over time. When the Spaniards arrived in 1513, the north part of our island (now dubbed Olde Marco) was separated from the rest by water. This persisted until much later, when men and nature filled in the gap, but the ancient Calusa Indians regarded the area as a safe haven for their dugout canoes in bad weather.

The islet at the tip of the island was christened Key Marco by the conquistadors, until the modern builders of Horr’s Island adopted the term for their development there.

Other strange geological changes have taken place in this part of the world. Did you know that undersea archaeologists have discovered the remains of a own many mils out in the Gulf of Mexico at what was then the juncture of the Caloosahatchee River and the open water? It’s an area for speculation and perhaps some future discoveries.

What’s happening with the Society

We are altering the calendar and having our April program March 31. Join us at Mackle Park at 7 p.m. for refreshments and a presentation at 7:30 by Dr. William Marquardt, curator of the Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Marquardt also serves as a director at he Institute of Archaeology and Paleontology there. He is well known to local audiences for his marvelous grasp of Florida history and his scholarly and witty explanations.

Marquardt was responsible for developing the Calusa wing of the museum in Gainesville, one of the most innovative displays of an ancient civilization you are ever likely to find in any location.

Don’t miss this exciting program, which is open to the public.

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