Historic Markers Across Florida

Mound Cities By The Sea

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Location: Ponce de Leon Historical Park, Punta Gorda
County: Charlotte
Waymark: None


In Charlotte Harbor Ponce de Leon came upon an urban Indian culture over 2,000 years old! The Caloosas were "city dwellers" whose sea-oriented high, dry, airy rectangular dwelling mounds made pleasant and secure homesites. Skillful engineers, the Caloosas surrounded their terraced mounds with kitchen garden courts; waterways and boat basins; ramps, causeways, and ponds where live fish and shellfish were stored. Shell-paved cause- ways and canals led from the living city to mound cities for the dead and to yet another "midden" mounds where waste was discarded. The tallest mounds held temples, store- houses and the homes of their leaders.

The City of Punta Gorda, Florida in cooperation with Punta Gorda Isles, Inc.


City: Punta Gorda, FL