Ulumay (HM1DM9)

Location: Merritt Island, FL 32952 Brevard County
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N 28° 22.266', W 80° 40.804'

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The Ais were one of the most influential and powerful tribes in Florida when Spanish Army Lt. Alvaro Mexia mapped Ulumay Lagoon in 1605. He wrote in his diary "Here is the town of Ulumay, the first one of the province of Ais. In back of and adjacent to this town there are many camps." Ulumay was part of the vibrant Ais (Malabar) culture. Ais people occupied small interior camps and towns along resource-rich estuaries. The Ais were subject to Spanish patrols but were independent when the British merchant Jonathan Dickinson from Jamaica trekked north through their territory in 1696 after he was shipwrecked near Hobe. Within a few years of his visit, epidemics weakened and then decimated the Ais. By 1715 only a few natives were seen by survivors of a Spanish fleet wreck. Through the 1950's, Ais village mounds including Ulumay were mined to obtain decomposed shell for use as roadbed. During the 1960's, local naturalist and historian Johnnie Johnson helped record what remained of Ulumay mounds. In 1970 the area was given to Brevard County by the State of Florida as a park. In 1993, the Brevard County Historical Commission dedicated the Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary as a historical landmark.
HM NumberHM1DM9
Marker NumberF-659
Year Placed2009
Placed ByBrevard County Historical Commission, Friends of Ulumay, the Brevard County Tourist Development Council and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 3:41am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 531348 N 3138353
Decimal Degrees28.37110000, -80.68006667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 22.266', W 80° 40.804'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 22' 15.96" N, 80° 40' 48.24" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-398 Old Audubon Rd, Merritt Island FL 32952, US
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