This drawing represents Calusa influence over peninsular Florida during the tribe’s heyday. Calusa kings controlled all of Southwest Florida and sent warriors by canoe to tax other native societies as far away as Cape Canaveral, Miami and the Keys.

Drawings courtesy the Florida Museum of Natural History

This drawing represents Calusa influence over peninsular Florida during the tribe’s heyday. Calusa kings controlled all of Southwest Florida and sent warriors by canoe to tax other native societies as far away as Cape Canaveral, Miami and the Keys.

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