Native Life in the 1400s
In the 1400s the eastern hemisphere had still not conquered Florida so there was no land laws and borders yet, so the Timucuan had taken over the area the Mosquito Lagoon before it was ever known about or named. According to “Kayaking Kennedy Space Center” they have found artifacts from the native tribe. The article shows pictures of spear tips that have washed ashore from the age of the natives along with under water burials and native mittens. These are some of the earliest for of civilization that they have found in this area so far.
Europeans discover Mosquito Lagoon
In the 1500s the Europeans had started and continued their explorations and conquering which is also about when “French explorer and cartographer Jacque LeMoyne de Morgues found an Indian village in Mosquito Lagoon and failed to conquer” (Roundtree). This was one of many attempts from the Europeans to conquer land in Florida but there were many more failures along with Jaque LeMoyne de Morgues. The area was later settled in the 1700s.
Mosquito Lagoon was also useful for bootleggers in the twentieth century according to Angie Sills of “Mosquito Lagoon Estuary”. A bootlegger is someone who illegally makes their own alcohol with an alcohol content over 100 proof in large quantities and then sells their product under the table for an untaxed profit that was undocumented. Bootleggers were mostly popular in the prohibition era when the 18th amendment restricted the act of distilling hard liquor for illegal profits. Sills explain that it was very common for bootleggers from Cuba and Spain to hide from cops in the “shot gunnned” islands that are in Mosquito Lagoon. These shot gunned islands are small pieces of land that are randomly plotted through the water similarly to how a shot gun may leave marks on a target for a shotgun. According to “The History of Florida” by Michael Gannon, Florida had such most coastal shoreline and very extensive bays and inlets it was nearly impossible to enforce the law everywhere. This is a large reason why Florida became a large producer of alcohol during the Prohibition era. Gannon goes on to explain how speed boats and airplanes would come in at night to be disguised in the dark while moonshiners would setup their stills in these maze-like lagoons such as Mosquito Lagoon.
Mosquito Lagoon Today
Today Mosquito Lagoon is great for many things such as fishing the shallow flats for red fish and competition sized Snook, a prized eating fish. It is an economic value for commercial shrimping and fishing. It is also a tourist attraction for tourist that may want to rent their own boat and explore the fairly vast water way with amazing scenery, beautiful flora and even unique fauna such as Florida Mangroves, dolphins, and manatees. For locals it is a popular destination for the casual weekend on the boat or fantastic night and morning fishing. Despite the unattractive name, “Mosquito Lagoon”, that was given to it due to the stagnant water where mosquitos lay their eggs it is a destination for everyone with a unique history dating back to the Timucua and a promising future with the preserved estuaries to keep the beauty from being stripped of the natural water way. Once they found some of the artifacts and remains from Timucua history, Florida government decided to make some parts of the lagoon a national park to help preserve the historic importance of the life that was there before the present population. One of the spots that they decided to make a national park is “The Canaveral National Seashores” which is a section of the coast that is cut off for anyone to explore without pay a fee at a booth the opens to a cleaner beach side and also the river side (Mosquito Lagoon).