by Hermann Trappman

Cacique Tocobaga

by Hermann Trappman

Tocobaga was the honored man of the Tocobaga people when Pedro Menendez de Aviles arrived in Tampa Bay in 1566.

Today we refer to the American Indians of the Central Gulf Coast of Florida as the Tocobaga. In truth we don’t know whether that name belongs to a leader, a city, a nationality, or to all three. It may simply mean “our revered,” a title. The Spanish were the first to record the name and they were always quick to interpret what they heard into that which was familiar to them.

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