WEEKAWAY: A look at the history of Sanibel and Captiva Islands

If you are seeking a beautiful destination for your next vacation, you may want to consider a trip to Sanibel and Captiva Islands. These gorgeous islands are located just off the Florida coast, and they offer a tropical experience that is sure to rejuvenate and relax you. These unique islands are steeped in rich history and tradition. Here is a look back at the history of Sanibel and Captiva Islands.

Early origins

According to some scholars, the Sanibel and Captiva Islands originally formed about six thousand years ago as a single island. Eventually, the forces of the sea caused the islands to split. The first human settlers on the island were the Calusa Indians, who occupied the islands as far back as 2,500 years ago.

Discovery by Juan Ponce de Leon

In 1513, the famed Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Sanibel Island. Ponce de Leon decided to name the island after Santa Isybella after the queen of Spain. In the centuries that followed, Spain was unable to set up a permanent settlement on the island, and the area became popular for pirates.

Early settlement

By the late 1800s, pioneers had begun to settle on Sanibel Island. In 1884, the iconic Sanibel Lighthouse was constructed. In the decades that followed, the islands became popular destinations for vacationing Americans. To this day, the islands remain a top destination for travelers from around the country.

When you are planning a trip to Sanibel and Captiva, Royal Shell will provide you with the ultimate vacation experience. This island resort provides beautiful vacation rental homes and condos, and can also host your holiday or wedding event. To learn more about the fantastic accommodations that Royal Shell has to offer you, call 1-800-656-9111.

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