This conception of the Calusa king’s house on Mound Key is considered to be accurate. Although many Americans view native societies as sometimes crude and simple, the Calusa  (like many native groups) were skilled architects and builders. They also developed a complex political system that influenced nearly all of Florida.

Drawings courtesy the Florida Museum of Natural History

This conception of the Calusa king’s house on Mound Key is considered to be accurate. Although many Americans view native societies as sometimes crude and simple, the Calusa (like many native groups) were skilled architects and builders. They also developed a complex political system that influenced nearly all of Florida.

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