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364 Thomas Jesup

Posted By Sofia Ponce de Leon, Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Thomas Jesup Garden, Pinecrest Gardens Florida

Thomas Jesup was born on December 16, 1788. He grew up in Virginia in a military career. During the War of 1812, Jesup was in charge of providing transportation for a Gerneral’s army on Lake Erie. During all this Jesup was injured several times at the Battles. He recovered quickly and was promoted to the rank. When I researched on Thomas Jesup this early history of him gave me a better understanding of the type of person he was; strong and seemed like he had a great sense of protection. Thomas Jesup is an American military officer who served in the Second Seminole War. Lake Jesup is named in honor of General Thomas Jesup. Lake Jesup is one of the largest lakes in Central Florida and is located in the heart of Seminole County. This lake is known to be home to a wide variety of species and is filled with Florida’s heaviest species of alligators. After researching more on Jesup, I learned that he was most remembered for capturing Osceola under a white flag of truce. This decision of his was debatable. Jesup had many responsibilities that he entrusted to his dependents. Jesup always remained a dedicated Unionist to his dependents and to many Seminoles. I chose to plant this garden in a small grassy area in Pinecrest Gardens. Pinecrest Gardens is located in the heart of Pinecrest Florida right across a canal that is also known to have alligators. I thought this location was a perfect spot to plant this garden honoring General Thomas Jesup. The lake is being honored in his name for his dedication to his career in the Second Seminole War, and because where the lake is located and is known for Florida’s creatures, I felt this was the perfect location. Pinecrest Gardens is a beautiful location, very green, bright and across a beautiful canal. I also loved this location because it is very close to where I live. This gives me the opportunity to visit this small grassy spot and see how much the small garden I planted has came to life. I felt there was no better way to honor a garden for Thomas Jesup and dedicate another area that is similar to Jesup Lake.



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