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Chokoloskee, near present-day Everglades City, was first settled in the 1870s, although it had been the home of Calusa Indians for centuries in pre-Columbian times. It became the trade center for homesteaders scattered throughout the Ten Thousand Islands region.

Charles McKinney was Chokoloskee's first postmaster; he was commissioned on June 30, 1892. George Storter was commissioned as postmaster for Everglades on July 19, 1893.

The 1910 census for Everglades township, including Chokoloskee Island, listed 144 people in 29 different households. Many were farmers or farm laborers. Of those, most were probably engaged in the labor-intensive growing of sugar cane. There was also one carpenter, a mail carrier, a wash woman, a sailor, and a school teacher.

Two men made their livings as merchants, Charles "Ted" Smallwood and George Storter. The largest family, their name illegible in the records, had twelve members...read more »

Chokoloskee Activities

Chokoloskee Charters - Florida Everglades National Park guided fishing adventures. Fish Everglades National Park & 10,000 Islands. Light Tackle and Fly Fishing in the pristine waters of the Everglades Backcountry. Over one million acres of sheltered waters, excellent year round weather, fine accommodations, a richly diverse fishery ... A traveling fisherman's ideal destination!

Everglades Backcountry Experience - Fishing and backcountry excursions with Capt. Rodney Raffield. Enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the Everglades on a unique fishing trip through the 10,000 Islands and Everglades.

Capt. Rapps' Family Friendly Fishing Charters - From young to old, male to female, and those with special needs, Captain Pete Rapps and his top notch guides will take you on a back county excursion through the Everglades National Park that you will never forget. Between our vast knowledge of the area, easy going demeanor's, great patience, & willingness to teach, I guarantee you will have a fantastic day on the water! Personalized tours and charters depart from both Chokoloskee Island and Everglades City, FL.- US Coast Guard and Everglades National Park Licensed Captains. Book online 24/7