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Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda tribute by simon behnejad

Posted By Simon b. Behnejad, Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Simon Behnejad

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Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda was a Teenage Spaniard who survived a shipwreck on the coast of South Florida during the 16th century. He spent seventeen years living with the Indians of South Florida. In 1575, he published his memoirs of the experience he had with the natives, which became one of the earliest descriptions of Florida’s Native Americans. I chose to plant my garden at my Grandpa’s house because he lives right by the ocean, which signifies the shipwreck Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda went threw. We planted the seed in the center of his backyard to signify how Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda felt being so isolated and different from the Native Floridians. The sign I put up was a picture of a ship which signifies the ship of knowledge that Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda would never let wreck. He ended up writing all his memoirs about all the things he learned from the Florida Natives. I had visited my friends house twice a week to check up on the garden but after 2 week the plant didn’t grow an inch. No matter how small the garden is or how little the flower actually grew, the intellectual affect Hernando D’Escalante Fontaneda’s memoirs of Native Americans had will always be cherished and appreciated for without his persistence of perusing knowledge even threw adversity of surviving a ship wreck in the oceans of Miami, we would not be where we are today. I hope somewhere in the soil, the life of the flower will live threw the earth.

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