Fort Myers Beach is a coastal town located on Estero Island in the state of Florida. According to the 2000 census report, Fort Myers Beach has a total population of 6,561 residents. This number is probably due to the great location and ideal climate of Fort Myers that makes everyone want to settle down for good. Fort Myers Beach FL is part of the Cape Coral Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Fort Myers Beach recently celebrated the thirteenth anniversary of its establishment as an independent unit of Florida. Although this makes it a relatively young town, the history of the Estero Island extends back thousands of years ago. More than two thousand years ago, the area was inhabited by the Calusa Indians who lived in self-constructed shell mounds located near the bay area of the island. The Calusa Indians took pride in their land and refused the attempts of Ponce de Leon to colonize the area for Spain. The Calusa often violently resisted and even left de Leon with fatal injuries in the early 1500s. Unfortunately, their triumph didn’t last long because 150 years later the Indians were wiped out from increased opposition, the spread of disease and political turmoil.
Later years in the 1600s and 1800s, Fort Myers Beach was politically controlled and traded off as a territory between the British and Spanish. Even Cuban fishermen were reported to have set small villages to practice their trade in areas surrounding Fort Myers and the city itself. By the time the 18th century rolled around, the land was mostly inhabited by Cuban citizens, Cuban fishermen and Creek Indians. These inhabitants established an active trade unit that allowed them to live together cooperatively and peacefully. When Florida was accepted as the 27th state of the United States by 1845. Many of these families were joined by others from across the country to form one functionable unit. It has since grown to the Fort Myers Beach we all know and love today.