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History of the St. Johns River

History of the St. Johns River For 10,000 years Native Floridians lived along the St. Johns River and at some point referred to its waters by a variety of names, including Welaka, “river of lakes.” It is recorded that natives called the narrow St. Johns River crossing at today’s downtown Jacksonville, Wacca Pilatka, meaning “place […]

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If you want to be historically accurate this holiday, serve alligator

In the autumn of 1621, in celebration of their first successful corn harvest, the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony hunted wildfowl and held a feast that was attended by local members of the Wampanoag Tribe, which contributed five deer. History books and countless American schoolchildren know this communal meal as the famous “First Thanksgiving.” Except that […]

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Charles Bennett’s Special Reverence for Florida

Charles E. Bennett’s special reverence for Florida leaves a treasure trove of written history and historic landmarks by Emily Lisska Charlie Bennett was a living legend, known and beloved by a diverse citizenry. His special reverence for North Florida leaves a treasure trove of land, written history and historic landmarks. With his death, the history […]

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