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Biscayne National Park

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Biscayne National Park

This park is a U.S National Park located in southern Florida, south of Miami. The park preserves Biscayne Bay and its offshore barrier reefs. 95% of the park is water, and the shore of the bay is the location of an extensive mangrove forest.

Biscayne National Park protects four distinct ecosystems: the shoreline mangrove swamp, the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay, the coral limestone keys and the offshore Florida Reef.

The people of the Glades culture inhabited the Biscayne Bay regionas early as 10,000 years ago before rising sea levels filled the bay. The Tequesta people occupied the island and shoreline from about 4,000 years before the present to the 16th century, when the Spanish took possession of Florida.

Originally, proposed for inclusion in Everglades National Park, Biscayne Bay was cut from the proposed park to ensure Everglades ‘ establishment.

The preserved area was expanded by its 1980 re-designation as Biscayne National Park. The park is heavily used by boaters, and apart from the park’s visitor center on the mainland, its land and sea areas are accessible only by boat.

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