The origin of the name “Tybee,” like the history of the island itself, has many interpretations. Most historians believe “Tybee” is derived from the Native American Euchee Indian word for “salt”, which was one of the many natural resources found on Tybee.
Those natural resources have played an important role throughout the Island’s history, including Spanish exploration for riches from the new world in 1520. Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon laid claim to Tybee Island as part of Spain’s “La Florida” which extended from the Bahamas to Nova Scotia.
Spain was forced to give up their claim to Tybee Island and other extremities due to superior French and British settlements.
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Tybee Island Lighthouse and Museum
30 Meddin Ave