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Public Education

The Florida Museum of Natural History is dedicated to providing ongoing educational services to the residents of Florida and the general public.  In keeping with that mission, the Caribbean Archaeology Program is pleased to present the following presentations for your enjoyment and information. When you have finished learning about these topics, click to the Florida Museum of Natural History Home Page for recent science news, interesting facts, and links to all of the Museum's departments.

native peoples

Native Peoples of the West Indies

Long before Columbus, the islands of the Caribbean were home to Native American peoples.  Over thousands of years, these island inhabitants built rich and diverse cultures, with their own technology, diet, history, religion, and art.  Sadly, these people all but disappeared in less than a generation after their first contact with Europeans.  Learn more about the lives and culture of a vanished people by clicking on the Lucayan man to the left.


Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus. Admiral of the Ocean Sea. The Great Navigator. Renown as the champion of the belief that the earth was round. The man who sought the riches of the Far East by sailing to the west, and who happened instead upon a New World. The man who discovered America.  How accurate is the portrait of Columbus that is painted today?  Learn more about Columbus the man, his mission, and the darker side of his legacy by clicking on his portrait at left.

Baron Vever


When you think of zombies, if you do, you probably envision the movie Night of the Living Dead, with its decomposing bodies escaping from their tombs to march though the darkness in slow, unstoppable formations eager to capture the living. But, not surprisingly, this is a Hollywood image that bears little resemblance to a more frightening reality.  Zombies really exist.  Learn more by clicking on the symbol of the Guardian of the Dead at left.

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