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Jessika Richter
Jessika Richter
(Lund - Sweden)

The short and sweet: I have been a passionate teacher since 2001.  I first worked with the National Park Service in Washington (state), then moved to Australia where I completed my DipEd at the University of Melbourne and then taught at Hailebury  ...

Florida Native Americans

Florida Then and Now


This curriculum set includes reproducible readings, questions, and activity sheets for an upper elementary study of Florida History.

Topics covered include

  • The Calusa: "The Shell Indians"
  • The Timucua
  • The Tocobaga Indians of Tampa Bay
  • The Tequesta Indians of Biscayne Bay
  • The Apalachee of Northwest Florida
  • Ponce de León: Florida's First Spanish Explorer
  • The Misadventures of Pánfilo de Narváez and Nunez de Cadeza de Vaca
  • Hernando de Soto Arrives and Explores Florida
  • Jean Ribault Claims Florida for France
  • Pedro Menendez de Aviles Claims Florida for Spain
  • Sir Francis Drake
  • African-Americans Settle in Fort Mose
  • Transfer of Florida
  • The Seminole Wars
  • Florida's Role in the Civil War: "Supplier of the Confederacy"
  • Reconstruction
  • Florida's Economy Booms
  • Growth of Florida's Railroads
  • Spanish-American War for Cuba's Independence
  • Florida's Land Boom
  • Great Depression and the New Deal
  • Florida During World War II
  • Cape Canaveral: Launchpad to the Stars
  • Civil Rights Movement in Florida

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Native Americans in Florida Photo Gallery


Includes 14 galleries of photographs showing both Native Americans and artifacts from early Native American settlements in Florida. (537 photographs)

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Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve: History and Culture


Hear the life stories of the native people who survived in Florida’s environment prior to European contact. Learn of the clash of cultures that occurred as nations converged in the New World, from Europeans attempts at colonization to the struggles of enslaved African peoples. Experience more modern trends such as the growing tourism industry and present community efforts to sustain modern life while preserving our local environment and its history.

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Seminole Oral History Collection


Part of the 'Native Americans Oral History Collections' an affiliated program of the University of Florida's Department of History. This collection includes dozens of transcribed interviews with Seminoles in Florida.

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Seminole Culture


Descriptions and photos from the official site of the Seminole Tribe of Florida provide details about Seminole arts & crafts, language and traditions.

Topics include architecture (chickee), art, basketry, beadwork, clans, clothing, dances, dolls, food, recipes, hairstyles, legends, medicine and storytelling.

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National Museum of the American Indian Collection


Search by region, state or tribe for archaeological objects and historic photographs. Information included for each object includes the culture/tribe, date created, where found, materials and techniques used.

The Calusa Indians of Sanibel Island


Provides an historical and cultural overview of the Calusa tribe in Florida.

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Florida History


Provides a concise history of Florida with in-depth information on prehistoric native people, 16th century settlements, Seminole history and Florida's governors.

Seminole Doll Making


Students will look at photos of Seminole doll making and read or listen to an interview with Seminole doll maker Mary B. Billie. As they listen, they will answer questions about Seminole doll making. Then they will create an artistic response.

Timucua and Calusa Virtual Scavanger Hunt


15 questions (with answer sheet) for students to conduct research about the Timucua and Calusa Indians of Florida.

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