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Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Lewis Family

 
 
The Lewis Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole
1. The Lewis Family Marker
Inscription. Coming over from the Bahamas sometime before 1792, Suries and Frankee Lewis and their three sons settled on the banks of the New River and were the first permanent settlers of European descent in what in now Broward County. In 1793, after reports of their presence reached the Spanish royal governor, Juan Nepomuceno de Quesada, in St. Augustine, a reconnaissance expedition was ordered to investigate their settlement and their rumored ties to William Augustus Bowles, a former British army officer who was then formenting Indian rebellion against Spanish authority. Though it was long suspected that the Lewis's small farm served as a way-station for British adventurers who consorted with segments of the Creek tribes (including Seminole bands) to subvert Spanish control over the colony, King Charles IV of Spain ordered the royal governor of East Florida to leave them alone. The Lewis farm on the New River included a cabin and several outbuildings and there they raised limes, oranges, sugar apples, coconuts, and guavas until 1824, and lived along Biscayne Bay until 1836. Under an American law passed in 1824 following the accession of Florida, the widow Frankee Lewis applied for and received a land grant in 1825 from the U.S. government for 640 acres east of the family's actual settlement, in what is today Fort Lauderdale's Rio Vista and Colee
The Lewis Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole
2. The Lewis Family Marker
Listing of contributors identified on separate marker located on opposite side of primary marker.
Hammock neighborhoods. In 1830 Frankee Lewis sold this land for $400. Neither the exact location of their farm, nor their place of birth, is known for certain.
 
Erected 2006.
 
Location. 26° 6.808′ N, 80° 9.199′ W. Marker is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of SW 9th Avenue and Coconut Drive when traveling north on SW 9th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lauderdale FL 33315, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Tequesta (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Fort Lauderdale (approx. 0.3 miles away); West Side Grade School (approx. half a mile away); Replica 1899 School House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Fort Lauderdale Village (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oliver Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Colonial Hotel (approx. 0.7 miles away); Museum Building (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Lauderdale.
 
Also see . . .
1. Renamed park linked to settlers of New River area. Sun Sentinel article dated April 29, 2010. (Submitted on March 7, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 

2. New River Settlement. Portion of Wikipedia article relating primarily to William Cooley (Submitted on March 7, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationSettlements & Settlers
 
The Lewis Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole
3. The Lewis Family Marker
Marker is located on the bend in the New River west of downtown.
Lewis Landing Park image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole
4. Lewis Landing Park
Marker can be seen in the distance a little inside the park.
Scenic bend in the New River bordering Lewis Landing Park image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole
5. Scenic bend in the New River bordering Lewis Landing Park
In addition to its commemoration in the name of the first permanent residents of the New River area, this park has been designated as the largest prehistoric site on the New River in various archaeological surveys relating to the Tequesta Indians, who predate the Seminoles, and were probably there before 1000 A.D.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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