Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Florida History: Jupiter the planet ... and the town




Jupiter, Florida was incorporated as a town in 1925. But long before, the inlet and its surrounds were known by that moniker.  In the 18th century, an Englishman interpreting a map drawn up by the Spanish during their first rule over Florida (1513-1763) read the designated name of a local Indian tribe at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River as Jove instead of the intended Jobe. Throw in some Latin, language of the educated those days, and the meaning of Jove is Jupiter. Nearby Juno (about seven miles south) sprang up in the late 1800s (incorporated in 1953); its founders took on the mythological name of Jupiter’s consort.  The name of nearby Hobe Sound is thought to be derived from how the Loxahatchee Indian inhabitants referred to themselves and the Spanish called Jove. Confused?

See archives on this blog for other Florida history posts.

Sources: Town of Jupiter, Town of Juno Beach, Wikipedia

Tags: How town of Jupiter got its name, how Jupiter got its name, Jupiter history

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