Discovered in 1998, Miami Circle at Brickell Point is a nationally significant archaeological site located at the mouth of the Miami River in downtown Miami. Archaeological excavations at the site uncovered components of the primary village of the Tequesta, one of the first Native North American groups encountered by Juan Ponce de León in 1513. The site preserves evidence of the complex and planned architecture unique to the Tequesta, including the Miami Circle feature, which is a 38-ft 11-m) circular footprint of a prehistoric structure. The site's significance lies in the well-preserved evidence of American Indian architecture and the wealth of materials found on the site that relate to trade patterns, as well as the abundance of remains that shed light on ceremonial Tequesta practices.
In January 2009, Miami Circle was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. This designation supports our mission of continuing to preserve the history of over 2,000 years of human settlement. The Miami Circle joins an elite group of sites in Florida becoming the 41st historic place to bear this national distinction.
Under management by HistoryMiami, the Miami Circle opened as a park on February 23, 2011 with a dedication ceremony attended by state and local officials including Florida Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning, Florida State Representative Luis Garcia, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro.
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