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This week in history: Tequesta incorporated

The village of Tequesta was incorporated on June 4, 1957, two years after developer Charles Martyn first visited the area. Martyn decided to name the area after the Tequesta Indians after construction excavation unearthed an Indian mound. The discovery of tools, jewelry and other artifacts fascinated Martyn, who was reportedly captivated by the name Tequesta, even though it was more likely that the artifacts were from other tribes.

Legend has it that when historian Bessie DuBois and others explained that it was unlikely the Tequesta Indians came as far north as present-day Tequesta, Martyn said he’d already printed promotional material and wouldn’t change the name. Otherwise, the town might have been named for the group that did inhabit the area: Jeaga.

Read more about the history of the village in Tequesta’s 25th and 50th anniversary publications.


Palm Beach Post staff file photo from July 1965 shows Tequesta’s Village Hall, which was ready for dedication. The flag is flying at half-staff in memory of Adlai Stevenson, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who died July 14, 1965. President Lyndon Johnson directed U.S. flags to be lowered because of Mr. Stevenson’­s long and distinguished service to America.

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Posted in Flashback blog June 4, 2012 at 6:00 am.

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