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Fountain Of Youth - Living History
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On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed on the shore of Seloy, a large Timucuan town that was situated just opposite what was to become St. Augustine inlet in Florida. Seloy, a bustling town that was a tool and pottery making center of activity, existed for millennia, and the Timucua were were intially friendly to the Spanish. But as the cultures existed side by side, difficulties arose, and European diseases took a horrible toll on the Timucua.
Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park celebrates the culture of these proud Native Americans in a reconstructed portion of the town of Seloy. Living History Interpreters help to understand what day to day life was like in the village, how the Timucua hunted, fished, made fine pottery and shell tools, and how they finally slipped away into history.
Although the Timucua are gone, they are not forgotten and we can still learn about the first denizens of the area and honor their lost culture.
June 24th, 2013
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