This week I discovered a significant source for my research topic at the Winter Park Historical Museum. The author Julian Granberry has done a considerable amount of research about the pre-history of Winter Park Fl. He notes that one can retrieve information as far back as 15,000 B.C. because archeological specimens remain in the ground.
It was also interesting to find out the five major Indian groups that existed in Florida before the town of Winter Park was developed. The Choctaws were the Indian tribes that were located in far West Florida; also the Apalachee people were in that general area as well. These two tribes were the only ones that had a language that were relatively similar. To the East, the Timucua occupied all of North Florida. In Orange County the Ais tribe occupied a large portion of the woods. Finally, the West Florida tribe was called the Calusa people. All these tribes were located on the same peninsula and only two tribes were able to communicate with each other. Historians are fascinated that all these different tribes because speak a language that is foreign to each other. Therefore, tribes were not able to visit different regions of Florida and be able to communicate with the people that they met.
After visiting the archive located downstairs in the library I was told that the Indians were forced out of their reservations. The developers did not have permission to take over the Indians land but they chose to do so anyway. This shows that Indians did not have a say to anything they owned during this time period.