Cape Canaveral is along a region referred to as the Space Coast and houses the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as well as the Kennedy Space Center. It rests alongside the Atlantic Ocean on the eastern coast of Florida. Port Canaveral is a cargo, cruise, and naval port in the same region. Cape Canaveral is a cape is Brevard County, Florida, which is believed to have been discovered by Juan Ponce de Leon a Spanish conquistador in 1513 during the first Spanish colonial period. Although Cape Canaveral is now mostly known and decorated for its rocket launches and its NASA programs, before its development, thousands of years ago, (about 12,000 years), this region is believed to have been inhabited by some of the indigenous people/natives of Florida.
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This region is also significant in that, later in the late 1800’s the Seminoles conducted trade relations with settlers along the Merritt Island area. Cape Canaveral was also a common colonial ship wreck site; in fact, French Ribault’s ship named “Trinity” is one of the ships known to have wrecked in Cape Canaveral, where after they attempted to settle and renamed the region as “French Cape”.
Construction of the space center wasn’t stated until 1950 and the first test of the ballistic missile was launched in 1959, following the first successful Apollo mission 10 years later.
By the Time the Cape Canaveral Area Was Colonized, Neither the Ais nor Timucuan Tribes Survived. It Is Not Known Whether They Were the Victims of European-introduced Diseases or Inter-tribal Warfare. Both Were Common in Colonial Times. "Spaceline: History of Cape Canaveral B.C.-1948." Spaceline: History of Cape Canaveral B.C.-1948. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.
"BREVARD COUNTY HISTORY: Port Canaveral Culmination of A Long Awaited Dream." Spacecoastdailycom RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2016.
"THE JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HISTORY" By Michael Gannon is a book review that talks about Juan Ponce de Leon at Cape Canaveral.(George, Paul S. The Journal of Southern History 60.3 (1994): 554-55. Web.)
"Spaceline: History of Cape Canaveral Main Page." Spaceline: History of Cape Canaveral Main Page. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2017.
"Cape Canaveral." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th Ed. Encyclopedia.com, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2017.
Heiney, Anna. "Kennedy Space Center History." NASA. NASA, 14 Apr. 2015. Web. 25 Feb. 2017.