Interesting Facts About the Tequesta Indians | Miami Tours | February 03, 2015
The Tequesta Indians were an indigenous tribe of Indians that lived in the South Florida area as early as 1200 A.D. They were semi-nomadic, traveling and occupying the Florida Keys and the area around Biscayne Bay at times.
They usually established their villages at the mouths of rivers or streams and had friendly relations with their neighbors, the Jeaga, who were allied with them against the Europeans.
Some fascinating facts about the tribe include:.
1) Only approximately 10 words of the tribes language was never documented or archived by the Europeans.
2) Seafood was the mainstay of their diet, which included Manatees, Stingray, Shark, and Marlin. Manatee was a delicacy only to be consumed by important chiefs.
3) Their diet consisted of coontie, a root that is toxic. The Tequesta's devised a way to remove the toxins and grind the root in order to make flour.
4) To avoid the pesky Florida mosquitoes, villages would often relocate to barrier reefs were the insects were less prevalent. .
5) The Tequestas often practiced human sacrifice, as witnessed and documented by Spanish missionaries.
6) They ingeniously would use shark teeth to carve out canoes. These canoes were ocean-worthy vessels.and contributed largely to their wellbeing.