I. The First 'Palm Beachers'
- The Jeaga Indians of 'Aboioa': 1513. (Article Posted - July 2015)
- Uncovering the History of the Santaluces Indians. (January 2015)
- A History of the Tequesta Indians in Boca Raton. (June 2016)
- Palm Beach County's Ancient Transit Networks. (February 2018)
- Navidad at Fort Santa Lucia: 1565-66. (December 2014)
- Dutch Privateers Prowl the Treasure Coast: 1627-28. (August 2018)
- The British Expedition to the Hobe River: 1772. (April 2018)
- Cha-chi's Village Rests Beneath West Palm Beach. (December 2014)
- Fort McRae: A Frontier Outpost on Lake Okeechobee. (December 2018)
- Samuel Colt Tests New Repeating Rifles at Fort Jupiter. (January 2019)
- The Last Campaign of Major William Lauderdale. (October 2016)
- The U.S. Navy's Expedition to Lake Okeechobee: 1842. (April 2016)
- Fort Jupiter During the Third Seminole War: 1855-58. (November 2018)
- Civil War Blockade Runners at the Jupiter Inlet. (May 2015)
- Palm Beaches Used as Confederacy's Last Hideout. (March 2015)
- The Palm Beaches During the Spanish-American War: 1898. (May 2017)
- The Changing Geographic Face of Palm Beach County. (August. 2017)
- A Long and Winding History of the Hillsboro River. (November 2017)
- Democrat River: Belle Glade's Everglades Gateway. (October 2017)
- County's History Unearthed in Shellrock Mining Pits. (April 2018)
- Welcome to Historic Downtown 'Figulus': 1881-93. (February 2016)
- Pioneer Creates 'Utopia' Along Lake Okeechobee. (December 2017)
- The Short Life and Sudden End of God's 'Chosen' City. (July 2016)
- The Life and Times of Palm Beaches' Alligator Joe. (July 2017)
- Mango Grove Shaped Early History of Mangonia Park. (July 2018.)
- Glades, Lake Worth Share 'Father of Sugar's' Legacy. (January 2019)
- 'Battle of the Atlantic' Comes to the Palm Beaches. (November 2015)
- Wartime POW's, Spy Reports in Palm Beach County. (February 2017)
- U.S.S. Jupiter Became America's First Aircraft Carrier. (August 2015)
- True Tale of Captain Gus and the Old Palm Beach Pier. (December 2016)
- John Prince's Memorial: A County Park for the People. (January 2017)
- Local Shipwreck Site One of 17 'Museums of the Sea'. (April 2017)
- WPB Episcopal Church Becomes Historic Landmark. (November 2018)
- Historic WPB Medical Lab Fought Disease Epidemics. (June 2018)
- U.S. 27: County's Highway of Sugar, Blood and Hope. (May 2018)
- Many County Roads Honor the Famous or the Obscure. (May 2018)
- Inside the Eye of Hurricane Cleo: 1964. (March 2016)
- Last Voyage of the SS Inchulva Off Delray Beach. (August 2016)
- 'Muck Monster' Legend Becomes Part of Our History. (October 2016)
- Close Encounters with Cryptid 'Skunk Apes': 1972-78, (October 2018)
- Digging Up the Haunted History of the Palm Beaches. (September 2016)
- Palm Beachers Adjust to Life with New Neighbor - Donald Trump. (TBA)
INTRODUCTION: The Palm Beaches Yesterday and Today
The "Palm Beaches" is a common regional name for the communities located within the geographical borders of Palm Beach County, FL.
There are seven cities that share the name "Palm Beach," as well as the coastal barrier island. The exclusive Town of Palm Beach, incorporated in April 1911, claims original title to the moniker due to the opening of a post office by that name in January 1887. However, its larger neighbor across the Lake Worth Lagoon, West Palm Beach, was actually founded 17 years earlier in November 1894.
The other communities sharing the name Palm Beach are South Palm Beach, founded in 1955, North Palm Beach (1956), Palm Beach Gardens (1959), Royal Palm Beach (1959) and Palm Beach Shores (1951). The Palm Beaches also includes a Palm Springs, incorporated in 1957.
To accommodate cities not sharing the name Palm Beach, such as Boca Raton, Jupiter and Wellington, a public relations guru once created the title of the "Greater Palm Beaches" to encompass the entire county.
Neither greater nor lesser, the rural Everglades communities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay, located along the southeast shore of Lake Okeechobee, have always had a identity separate from the coastal Palm Beaches. They share a history as rich and diverse as their more affluent neighbors along the Atlantic coast.
Palm Beach County itself was established in 1909 and is considered a youthful geographic entity in the timeline of history. However, its native American inhabitants date back nearly 7,000 years.
This history of the Palm Beaches will lead the reader from the time of the Jeaga, Santaluces and Tequesta Indians forward to the present day through a series of articles profiling little-known people, places and events that shaped the region's future.
The historical trail is marked and outlined for you, the reader, to follow.
(c.) Davidsson. 2019.
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