Go to:
The Palm Beach Post
historic palm beach logo

Shipwrecked Jonathan Dickinson Documented Early Indian Tribe

Q: Who’s Jonathan Dickinson?

A: The Quaker merchant and his family came ashore more than three centuries ago not far from the state park that bears his name.

During a business trip from his Jamaica plantation to Philadelphia, his barkentine Reformation went aground in a storm near Jupiter on Sept. 23, 1696. Dickinson – along with his wife, infant son, two associates and 10 slaves – made a grueling and perilous 230-mile trek by boat and on foot through the open ocean, swamps, beaches and jungle before arriving at St. Augustine.

Dickinson’s journal was intended to be a testament to God’s “deliverance.” It also has become an invaluable look at South Florida’s now vanished early Indian tribes. Camp Murphy, the training camp that spring up during World War II, was later turned over to the state to become a state park named for the man whose journal is the only comprehensive first-hand description of those lost people.

Read more: God’s Protecting Providence, Man’s Surest Help and Defence, by Jonathan Dickinson

Tags:

Posted in Eliot Kleinberg April 5, 2000 at 9:08 am.

1 comment

One Reply


Leave a Reply

We'd like your thoughts on this story. I appreciate your willingness to share them. At PalmBeachPost.com, we want to avoid comments that are obscene, hateful, racist or otherwise inappropriate. If you post offensive comments, we will delete them as soon as we can. If you see such comments, please report them to us by clicking this link.

Tim Burke, Executive Editor, The Palm Beach Post.


© Copyright 2014 The Palm Beach Post. All rights reserved. By using PalmBeachPost.com, you accept the terms of our visitor agreement. Please read it.
Contact PalmBeachPost.com | Privacy Policy