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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


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

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