A Miami Beach Chronology



Tequesta tribe inhabited Miami Beach. They were related to the Calusa, the principal tribe of southwestern Florida. An excavation in 1935 in the burial mound that was located at 96th Street and the Bay brought to light interesting facts concerning the home life of these first settlers.

March 27, 1513

On Easter Sunday, Ponce de Leon landed at the present site of St. Augustine. He named the land “Pascua Florida,” Flowery Easter in English.


Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda came up the coast on a map-making expedition. He was the first to find that Florida was not an island.

16th Century

Tequesta moved to the mainland at the present site of the City of Miami.

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