Florida Keys History & Discovery Center
82100 Overseas Highway,
Islamorada, Florida 33036

The Discovery Center focuses on a diverse cross-section of history and ecology relating to the Upper Keys. The permanent exhibit First People explores the presence of prehistoric people in the Florida Keys through displayed pottery sherds and shell tools uncovered in local middens and mounds. In addition, first-hand descriptions of these Native Americans from early European observations are offered. First People provides an overview of the Calusa, Tequesta and Matecumbe cultures and how they relate to the Paleo-Indians who first settled along the shores of Lake Mayaimi (called today Lake Okeechobee) over 10,000 years ago. Image Credit: Theodore Morris.
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