Who was Jonathan Dickinson, and why is our park named after him?
Shipwrecks, survival, and a story of triumph
Three miles to east of Jonathan Dickinson State Park, on September 23, 1696, the British barkentine Reformation foundered off Jupiter Island. The 24 survivors included a party of Quakers bound from Jamaica to Pennsylvania. Leader of the Quakers was Jonathan Dickinson who described the trials of the group in his book, God's Protecting Providence (Jonathan Dickinson's Journal), the first account of Indians on the southeast coast. Attacked by Indians and driven northward, the party arrived at Saint Augustine in November 1696.
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