12,000–8,000 years ago: Paleo-Indian

The aboriginal Americans who roamed the peninsula during this period were hunters and gatherers, living on wildlife and wild plants.

8,000–2,000 years ago: Archaic

Native Americans continued to live here during this time by hunting and gathering.

1528: Final Voyage

On April 15, 1528, the Spanish explorer Pánfilo de Narváez made landfall in Tampa Bay somewhere near the mouth of the Alafia River.

1800s: Settlement

The European settlement of the Alafia River watershed began in the 1800s.

the Alafia River, shot from a bridge The Alafia River flows beneath a bridge; photo by Bryan Weinstein

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