With the recent announcement of Mound Key real estate for sale, some fortunate buyer will have an opportunity to stake claim among one of the most historically significant sites known to the world. To put that in proper context requires a bit of explanation on our region’s earliest of inhabitants
known as The Calusa Indians. Of all Native America tribes, the Calusa outlasted conquest longer than any other, yet cultivated no crops nor livestock. As hunter & gatherers, they derived their sustenance completely from the land and surrounding waters and their culture would flourish over the centuries. They fashioned tools from shells, made jewelry and creative artworks in ceremonial masks and were also rather industrious in the creating of canals, canoes as well as architecture which could reportedly house thousands of people at a time. Calusa derives from a Spanish term which means “Fierce People,” and indeed, their warriors were among the most feared of Native American people, so much so, other tribes would bring them annual tributes as a way of saying something like, “Please accept this gift and promise not to kill us this year.”
Early Spanish voyagers account for much of what we know of The Calusa. This was the tribe the Spanish would encounter during their explorations into the new world, in fact, Ponce De Leon’s search for the fountain of youth would come to a close after he met with the business end of a Calusa arrow. Over time, the Spanish would successfully forge periods of truce with the tribe allowing for trade and certain cultural exchanges. These encounters would however expose the tribe to diseases like smallpox and measles which decimated entire villages. By the 1700s, this tribe that had flourished for millennia would ultimately vanish from existence, leaving only the artifacts of an amazing civilization that dominated the coastal areas of Southwest Florida. Mound Key, a man-made island established from the mounds of shells and fish bones discarded by the Calusa is believed to be the sacred, cultural capitol of the Calusa nation, once made home by their spiritual leader and ruler King Carlos. It is also the site of the very first Jesuit mission the Spanish established in the new world. While the vast majority of this 125 acre island exists today as a State-protected archaeological park, there are some nine acres of Mound Key real estate which has been owned by progeny of the McGee Family since the 1900s. In recent weeks, the McGee family has announced intention to sell the final remaining parcel of private property among this amazingly historical island.
This piece of Mound Key real estate is selling for $2.9 million. Only six of the nine acres are zoned to allow the potential building of one home per acre. The McGee family is hoping that buyers would come from either the state, a National Geographic-type institution or university, or even a hotelier who would create an unconventional tourist destination that allows for guided tours of the archaeological sites on the island. They’re hoping buyers will help share the unique history of the island. While this Mound Key real estate is rich with history, there’s little else to be observed. There’s no infrastructure on the island, but a small pier and dock, signage relating to the history and a number of goats which have been helping with the clearing of brush. The potential involving this Mound Key real estate will be the subject of an upcoming broadcast of Selling Private Islands airing on the AWE network.
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