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Excavation planned for Native American canals

Archaeologists in Florida are hoping to excavate part of a 4,150-foot canoe canal built between 1200-1400 that once connected Napels Bay to the Gulf of Mexico.

Before the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century, Indians built a series of canals in South Florida, including a 2.5-mile canal that connects Pine Island Sound to Matlacha Pass through Pineland and a 7-mile canal system at Ortona.

All of South Florida’s canals from that era were built to facilitate trade.

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Story: News-Press | Photo: Paul Arsenault, News-Press

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