Origins and language
Some older sources state that the Tequestas were descended from Tainos who had crossed over from the Bahamas, and were thus Arawakan. This theory is now generally deprecated, and more recent sources state that the Tequestas came from the north, and were related to the Muskogean speakers of the Southeastern United States. The Tequesta language may have been closely related to the language of the Calusas of the southwest Florida coast and the Mayaimis who lived around Lake Okeechobee in the middle of the lower Florida peninsula. Only ten words used by Tequestas and Calusas have come down to us with translations, plus another five names for which we have no translation.
So basically, there is no known translation of "Tequesta"
The Tequesta (also Tekesta, Tegesta, Chequesta, Vizcaynos) Native American tribe, at the time of first European contact, occupied an area along the Atlantic coast of Florida in what are now Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. They also occupied the Florida Keys at times, and may have had a village on Cape Sable, at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, in the 16th Century. The central town (also called Tequesta) was probably at the mouth of the Miami River. The Tequesta arrived in the Biscayne Bay area around the beginning of the Current Era. The Tequestas placed their towns and camps at the mouths of rivers and streams, on inlets from the Atlantic Ocean to inland waters, and on barrier islands and keys.
The Tequesta were more or less dominated by the more numerous Calusa of the southwest coast of Florida. Estimates of the number of Tequestas at the time of initial European contact range from 800 to 10,000, while estimates of the number of Calusas on the southwest coast of Florida range from 2,000 to 20,000. Occupation of the Florida Keys may have swung back forth between the two tribes. Although there is a Spanish record of a Tequesta village on Cape Sable, Calusa artifacts outnumber Tequesta artifacts by four to one at archeological sites there.
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