Tequesta Tribes



Language; Calusa Taino
Family: Northern Maipuran
Stock: Maipuran
Phylum: Arawakan
Macro-Culture: Florida
Speakers Extinct
     The Tequesta tribes were several small sedentary coastal hunter/gatherer villages.  They became extinct early due to disease and the depredations of early settlers including violence and slavery.
Aboriginal Locations
FL:  Tequesta, Jeaga, Ais
Present Locations
Year History
1513 Visited by Ponce de Leon
1565 A ship from the fleet of Pedro Menendez de Avilez took refuge from a storm in Biscayne Bay where the main village of the Tequesta was, took the chief's nephew and brother with them back to Cuba and Spain respectively
1567 Menedez established mission among Tequesta
1570 Mission abandoned
1704 Spain's policy to resettle Indians in Cuba to Christianize them, most soon died
1763 Spain surrendered Florida to Britain, few remaining Tequesta removed to Cuba
Year Total FL  Population   Source
1500 1,000   Florida Cebter for Instructional Technology
1700 100   NAHDB calculation
1800 0 NAHDB calculation
1900 0 NAHDB calculation
2000 0   NAHDB calculation 
Other speakers of the same language:
Tequesta Sites
Miami Tequesta Indian Site  
Tequesta of Biscayne Bay  

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