Who Was here first?
“[Royal Palm Hotel] workmen encountered a Tequesta burial mound, which probably had been in use for centuries, at the site Flagler chose for the hotel. It was located at the mouth of the Miami River, now the parking lot in front of the Dupont Plaza Hotel in downtown Miami…Sewell ordered it leveled, and the black men shown in the historic photograph of the hotel’s groundbreaking obliged him.”
The miami circle
This archeological site left by the Tequesta is believed to be around 1,700 and 2,000 years old. It consists of a perfect circle made out of bedrock, and was declared a national historic landmark on January 16th, 2009. Today, it sits in the heart of downtown Miami, and is frequented by many.