Monday, December 7, 2009
3 Day Island Exploration of St. Catherine's Area
Photos by Larry Dixon
The chaps are back after a three day exploration of the island's beaches and waterways.
Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1970, St. Catherine's was a favorite hunting ground of the Indians. A settlement, called Guale, in the center of the island served as headquarters for their chief, also named Guale. The Guale were the last in a long line of Indians stretching back 4,000 years that appreciated the island's natural resources. Here, the Spanish also established a mission and garrison called Santa Catalina de Guale, from which the island takes it's name. Button Gwinnett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, established a plantation on the island. After the Civil War, the capital of a black separatist sea island kingdom was established here.