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374 Francisco Pellicer

Posted By Adner Rios, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

                                                                               Kendall United Methodist Church
                                                                                    7600 104 Street Miami, Fl

I am dedicating this garden to Francisco Pellicer, who was a Carpenter and a Leader of the Minorcans. He was born in 1747 in Minorca, which is located in Spain. As he got older he left Spain and moved to New Smyrna, Florida, which at that time, the United States was still a colony, in the verge of liberating from the British. He arrived along with members of the Andrew Turnbull Colony of New Smyrna, which he was one of them. Soon he started to gain properties; he built a house in St. George St. along with a partner by the name of Jose Pesco de Burgo. Over the years, he would buy land, one of them was present day Orange Street. He along with his colony escaped to St. Augustine from severe circumstance the colony was facing. Pellicer moved his family to St. Augustine, where he owned a huge farm by the Matanzas River. Decades later the creek where he settled and owned a lot of properties was named after him, “Pellicer Creek”. Today Pellicer Creek is a campground where people can go camping, get reservations for a vacation in the outdoors, and family time. He was married twice, and his children and people who descend from him have carried the title of Leaders of Minorcans, just like their patriarch.

I want to dedicate this garden to him because of work and legacy. Although he was a person with no education background, he had skills, and along with the rest of the Minorcans to form plantations and form a community. Even though they were going through persecutions from the English, diseases, and issues with the government they never gave up. So all of this got him to become abundant, achieving, honorable and a successful person.

http://www.staugustinegovernment.com/the-city/featured-stories-archive/2_03/great_fla_bios/francisco_pellicer.cfm

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