The Florida Everglades were first inhabited more than 11,000 years ago by two groups of indigenous people, the Tequestas and the Calusas. Since then, the region has seen continuous change with the invasion of Spanish settlers, colonization by the British and the Seminoles through the mid-1800s.
After years of effort toward preserving Florida's wildlife and wilderness, President Harry S. Truman dedicated Everglades National Park in December 1947. The Everglades are one of the most unique ecosystems in the world, and more than 15 endangered species call it their home. Check out these sites to learn more about the history of the South Florida natives and the future of the Everglades.
Everglades Digital Library
An evolving library of information relating to the Everglades and the South Florida environment. Collections include scientific and technical reports, natural history writings, educational materials, maps, photos and a directory of other sites relating to the greater Everglades. Maintained by the Everglades Information Network.
The Everglades Village
An online community for the South Florida region, beginning at the southern edge of Orlando and extending southward through Key West. This site is a helpful place to learn more about the coexistence of humans and wildlife in the Everglades.