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.
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.