The story of Sanibel and Captiva Islands stretches back over three
hundred years, to a time when natives roamed the islands and
Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon first met and tried to subdue the
Calusa Indians in San Carlos Bay in 1513. The next few centuries
were flooded with pioneers, fishermen and clergymen in their quest
to tame the wilderness in search of a better life. Discover how
anthropologist Frank Cushing visited pioneer Sam Ellis in 1895
after the farmer discovered bones on his homestead and how
President Theodore Roosevelt's men saved a little girl from
drowning when he lived on a houseboat in Captiva to study local
marine life. Join local history columnist Jeri Magg as she recounts
the storied history of these little slices of paradise.
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