The English and Bahamian Legacy

Robert S. Carr

in Digging Miami

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813042060
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043463 | DOI:
The English and Bahamian Legacy

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This chapter presents archaeological and historical evidence of English and Bahamian activities including settlements, homesteads, and piracy in Miami-Dade County in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Important archaeological discoveries are summarized such as the documentation of the Polly Lewis house on the shores of Biscayne Bay. Archival information on the failed English charters to create large settlements along Biscayne Bay is presented. The myth and lore of Black Caesar, the alleged pirate, is examined from the perspective of historic documentation and purported artifacts with the conclusion that the stories and reports cannot be substantiated and that there is no proof of any pirate named Black Caesar operating in southeast Florida. Other records of piracy are examined, including a raid by escaped slaves at Cape Florida.

Keywords: Biscayne Bay; piracy; Black Caesar; Polly Lewis

Chapter.  4171 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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