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352 - Jonathan Dickinson

Posted By Amy P. Perez, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Garden For Jonathan Dickinson at Crandon Park, Miami:
6747 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Jonathan Dickinson (1663-1722)


Jonathan Dickinson was a Quaker born in Port Royal, Jamaica. During his sailing, his ship was wrecked along southeast the coastline of Florida, where he, his wife and son, and ten of their slaves were then stranded. They were found and held captive by the Jaega Indians and eventually made the physically and mentally abusive trip up to Saint Agustine, Florida; five members died along the way. Dickinson and his remaining group members were greeted by Spanish authorities and there, they were treated for their injuries and set on their way to Charlestown (now Charleston) South Carolina, and from there set sail to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


I have chosen to place Jonathan Dickinson’s memorial here at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne because it is a public park where visitors come to spend their time, and Dickinson’s memorial would be easily noted and appreciated by many there. However, I chose this destination because Crandon Park is also a beach, and the memorial is close to the ocean. Originally, Dickinson arrived at Miami by sailboat, and I thought it most fitting that his garden be placed somewhere near the ocean. Dickinson’s intention was to sail from Jamaica, whence he came, to Pennsylvania, where the Quakers thrived, mostly. Placing Dickinson’s memorial near the water helps viewers to understand his voyage and arrival here in Florida, and gives them the opportunity to delve into his rich history. The memorial for Dickinson at Crandon Park is ideal, as he is always nearest the water.

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