NATIVE CULTURE 900-1500
People have occupied Florida for more than 12,000 years. It was a wonderful place to live – the weather was mild, fish and wildlife were abundant and it was easy to grow food.
Native tribes co-existed peacefully, establishing complex societies before the Spanish arrived in the 1500s. Pinellas County was the territory of the Tocobaga tribe, but other tribes, such as the Timucuan and the Calusa passed through the area.