Historic Happenings: The Miami Circle

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Who says Miami isn’t home to a rich history? While Miami may not be steeped in the Colonial American history of our northern neighbors, the city is home to the oldest prehistoric permanent structure cut into bedrock in the Eastern United States, which considerably predates other known permanent settlements on the East Coast.

The Miami Circle is believed to have been the location of a structure, built by the Tequesta Indians, in what was possibly their capital. Discovered in 1998, the site is believed to be somewhere between 1700 and 2000 years old.

The perfect circle measures 38 feet of 600 postmolds that contain 24 holes or basins cut into the limestone bedrock, on a coastal spit of land, surrounded by a large number of other ‘minor’ holes.

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