Cortez School House Memories

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Florida Maritime Museum volunteer John McDonald grew up in Cortez, just across the street from the charming 1912 brick schoolhouse that now houses the Museum. Even before he was old enough to attend classes, John spent some time at the school. Living just across the street made it easy to run over during recess and […]

Calusa Dugout Canoe

Calusa Dugout Canoe  Image William Henry Holmes ScowlingMouth Mask from Key Marco site

The Calusa are a bit of an anomaly. This native tribe that lived in South West Florida at the time of European contact, and for several hundred years before did not practice extensive agriculture like most other Florida tribes.  Also unlike most tribes, they built houses on raised mounds and pilings near water.  They were […]