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An Afternoon with Florida History: The Peopling of the Western Hemisphere: Columbus Was Last!

  • Address: 352 South Nova Road, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
  • Phone: (386) 255-0285
  • Presented By: Museum of Arts & Sciences
  • Dates: February 10, 2023
  • Location: Museum of Arts & Sciences, Root Family Auditorium
  • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Price: Free for members or with paid museum admission
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An Afternoon with Florida History: The Peopling of the Western Hemisphere: Columbus Was Last! With Retired Florida Park Ranger and Historian Brian Polk in the Root Family Auditorium. 

When Columbus arrived in the Caribbean in 1492, the Americas and the islands were inhabited by hundreds of thousands of native people from the Arctic to the tip of South America.  How did they get there? Did everyone originally cross over the Bering Strait 12,000 years ago and then spread across the continents by foot? Why were the cultures in Mesoamerica so advanced compared with people in North America? Come along for a whirlwind trip that will take you back over 30,000 years, crossing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and revealing some surprising facts and theories about the Western Hemisphere’s original people.

Brian Polk was the DeLeon Springs State Park manager from 2005-2018, retiring after a long and enjoyable career with Florida State Parks that included working in 14 parks and in the state parks' central office in Tallahassee. With a degree in Florida History from Florida Atlantic University, Brian enjoys developing history programs and presenting them throughout Volusia County. 

Free for members or with paid museum admission.

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