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n. pl. Calusa or Ca·lu·sas
1. A member of a Native American people formerly inhabiting the southwest coast of Florida from Tampa Bay to the Florida Keys. The Calusa were extinct by the mid-1700s.
2. The extinct language of the Calusa, of unknown linguistic affiliation.

[Calusa, fierce people (sense uncertain); perhaps akin to Choctaw kallo, strong.]
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Horton's Southwest Florida division invites the public to tour Calusa Park, a peaceful gated community in the small seaside town of Nokomis that is now more than half sold out.
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A I have many works of which I'm proud but perhaps the most would be the illustrations, jewlery making and replicas of the Calusa Indian artifacts I did for the Florida Natural History museum in Gainesville.
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So, off they went with the water truck, torches, and assorted gear down the service road, past the eagle protection gate to the Calusa Indian Mound trail.
Since 2009 she resided at Calusa Harbor in Fort Myers, FL.
There was a massive early plunge for Philip Hobbs's Calusa Comet from 9-2 down to 5-4, but he was usurped in the on-course market for favouritism by the winner and could only finish a neverdangerous sixth.
Likely, a late afternoon thunderstorm interrupted a Calusa chef's attempt at roasting some mullet and the buttonwood-fueled fire was covered with an umbrella of palmetto fronds.
As you may already have read in the feature on Richard Pitman, Peter Luff and myself are providing Calusa Caldera for him to ride in the Legends Charity Race, but I haven't got anything sorted out for Hywel Davies yet.
Natives, as we know, can make music out of almost anything, so Songs of The Seminole Indians of Florida features songs about hunting ("Hunting Song Dance") growing corn ("Calusa Corn Dance Song", a legacy of the now extinct Calusa Nation, one of the original Florida tribes who were destroyed by Spanish Coquistadors in the 18th century and "Corn Dance Song" and songs like "The Snake Dace Song", "Bird Dance Song", and "Buffalo Dance Song"--yes, there were bison living in North & Central Florida until they too were eliminated by Europeans in the 1700's--which celebrate the Seminole & Micosukee's wild neighbors.