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Local History: How the Village of Tequesta Got its Name

Posted by Gerald Lombardo on Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 at 12:25pm.

In 1955, author Charles Martyn asked a local bridge keeper to describe the area that is now the Village of Tequesta. The keeper described it as “a jungle.” This intrigued Martyn who then decided to take the bridge keeper on his boat and have him show him the interesting area. After traveling along the Intracoastal, Martyn fell in love with the beauty of the area and its potential. He purchased 86 acres on Jupiter Island and developed upon it the Jupiter Inlet Colony.

While excavating, Martyn’s workers dug up a Native American mound full of artifacts. Martyn has the contents researched and it was discovered the mound belonged to an encampment of Tequesta Indians. The Tequesta Tribe lived in present-day Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties and was second in power among tribes in Southeast Florida. Martyn named the area he was developing west of the Intracoastal “Tequesta” in honor of the tribe. That area, now called “The Tequesta Country Club,” was later incorporated as part of the Village of Tequesta.

The Village of Tequesta is now miles of waterfront properties with beautiful homes in quiet neighborhoods. It has a rich culture with many recreational activities like shopping, dining, snorkeling, paddle boarding, biking, and much more!

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