A STRANGE PLACE FOR PEACE

Peace Pole at Mantanza.

Peace Pole at Mantanzas Pass Preserve.

 

Mantanzas—I know it means “slaughters”. I learned the word when visiting Fort Matanzas National Monument near St. Augustine. Pedro Menendez de Aviles had slaughtered Jean Ribault and his English troops at the Mantanzas inlet.

Crab at the boardwalk.

Crab at the boardwalk.

 

So when I visited the Matanzas Pass Preserve at Fort Myers Beach, I was startled to see a white peace poll greeting me as I entered the boardwalk. I thought I would find history markers but instead I was greeted by the Peace Pole and a small crab on the boardwalk. No references were made to the bloody battles that may have been taken there—just a peaceful enclave of mangroves, sabal palms, and live oak hammocks.

Mantanzas Pass Preserve,

Mantanzas Pass Preserve,

 

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