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New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Gabordy Canal

 
 
The Gabordy Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 4, 2017
1. The Gabordy Canal Marker
Inscription.  The Gabordy Canal, also known as the South Canal, was built by colonists brought to the New Smyrna area in 1768 by the Scottish physician, Dr. Andrew Turnbull. As part of the largest single attempt at British colonization, New Smyrna attracted more than 1,400 Minorcans, Corsicans, Greeks, and Italians who sought new opportunities as indentured servants. Turnbull, impressed by the Egyptian canal system, wanted to replicate it in New Smyrna. Three canals, including this one, ran east-west and were linked with a fourth, longer canal that ran north-south. These hand dug canals provided irrigation and drainage for rice, hemp, cotton, and indigo crops grown by the colonists, and served as a mode of transportation within the colony. Local historians believe that the Gabordy Canal was named after the Gabardis, an original colonist family who lived in the vicinity of the canal. After nine years of harsh treatment, drought, and crop failures, the population was reduced to about 600 people. A group of colonists petitioned English Governor James Grant of St. Augustine in 1777 for release from their indenture. The governor granted land north of St. Augustine
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to these colonists.
 
Erected 2016 by The City of New Smyrna Beach, the Historic New Smyrna Beach Preservation Commission, Mayor James Hathaway, Vice Mayor Judy Reiker, Commissioner Jake Sachs, Commissioner Jason McQuirk, Commissioner Kirk Jones, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-924.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1768.
 
Location. 29° 0.325′ N, 80° 54.695′ W. Marker is in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is at the intersection of South Riverside Drive and Hamilton Road, on the right when traveling north on South Riverside Drive. The Garbordy Canal is the dividing line between New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Smyrna Beach FL 32168, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Old Stone Wharf (approx. 1.1 miles away); Supreme Sacrifice (approx. 1.4 miles away); PFC Emory L. Bennett (approx. 1.4 miles away); The New Smyrna Odyssey (approx. 1.4 miles away); Turnbull Canal (approx. 1˝ miles away); Vietnam Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); New Smyrna Museum Of History
The Gabordy Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 4, 2017
2. The Gabordy Canal Marker
Looking south on Riverside Drive
(approx. 1˝ miles away); Emory L. Bennett Park (approx. 1˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Smyrna Beach.
 
The Gabordy Canal Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 4, 2017
3. The Gabordy Canal Marker
Looking north on Riverside Drive
The Gabordy Canal image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, March 4, 2017
4. The Gabordy Canal
Looking east toward Indian River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 884 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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