All Saints Day, November 1 -- Walton County, Florida and Santa Rosa Beach Connected to Saint Rose
By Brenda Rees | Shaping Florida 2016
All Saints Day -- November 1, celebrates Saints who have gone to heaven; not the same as "Day of the Dead," Mexico, Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
Saint Rose Glass Shard Artwork by Brenda Rees | Shaping Florida
Saint Rose, Namesake of Santa Rosa Bay (now Choctawhatchee Bay) in Walton County, Florida, and Historical Named Town of Santa Rosa & Community Area Name of Santa Rosa Beach in South Walton
The Spanish began naming towns, rivers and bays, usually after Saints, as they explored and colonized Florida in the 16th Century. In the 17th Century, following St. Rose’s death and Saint status established, the Spanish name a major bay in the Walton County, Florida area “Santa Rosa Bay” and published the name on maps of Florida. The name was changed by the British around 1778 to Choctawhatchee Bay. Thus, the longtime Spanish name of Santa Rosa Bay became unknown to contemporary residents and visitors to South Walton and Florida.
During the American Revolution, the British have control of West and East Florida, their 14th and 15th colonies. British soldiers were marching from the capital of West Florida, Pensacola, to St. Augustine, the capital of East Florida. Elba Wilson Carswell said in his book, “Tempestuous Triangle” the Stuart-Purcell map developed during this march changes the name to Choctaw Hatchee. Carswell said it might have been a name misunderstanding. The bay had also been known as the Chacta-Hatchi after the Chatots, not Choctaw. Swanton also mentions this in his book “The Indian Tribes of North America.” The Spanish get Florida back for the last time after the American’s win their independence and maintain control until Florida is wrested from Spain. Florida became a U.S. territory in 1821.
Santa Rosa de Lima is the patroness of Peru, Latin America and the Phillippines
Saint Rose was first person born in the Western Hemisphere to be canonized.
Copy of my maps that show Spanish name of St. Rose Bay or Santa Rose Bay or Bay of St. Rose and the town of Santa Rosa (founded 1910) shown on Walton County, Florida, Pioneer map of 1931.
Notes from www.catholic.org Saints and Angels and other sources
Saint Rose of Lima, Peru
Real Name: Isabel (Isabel Flores de Oliva – other sources)
Born: April 20, 1586 in Lima, Viceroyalty of Peru, Spanish Empire
Died: August 24, 1617, Viceroyalty of Peru, Spanish Empire
Patron Saint of Latin America and Phillipines
Beautified: Pope Clement IX in 1667
Canonized: Pope Clement X 1671
Feast Day: August 23 or 30
Patronage: embroiders; gardeners; florists; India;
People ridiculed or misunderstood for their piety
For the resolution of family quarrels
Indigenous peoples of the Americas
Was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic in Lima, Peru
Known for severe asceticism and care of the needy of the city through her own private efforts
A lay member of the Dominican Order, she was first person born in the Americas to be canonized.
As a saint, Saint Rose of Lima is designated as a co-patroness of the Philippines along with Saint Pudentiana, who were both moved as second-class patronage in September 1942 by Pope Pius XII, but remains the primary patroness of Peru and the indigenous native of Latin America [this is important as these might have been the first peoples of Florida – my opinion]. Her image is featured on the highest denomination banknote of Peru.
Image of artwork by Brenda Rees of Saint Rose, glass shards 2016
Day of the Dead photograph in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico by Brenda Rees | Shaping Florida
The Land and the People Matter. They are what Shaped Florida. Brenda Rees | Shaping Florida
Tallahassee Meridian -- the Marquis de Lafayette -- Walton County, Florida Connections
All realtors should be familiar with the Tallahassee Meridian -- in longitude 84*16'37.59 west from the prime meridian at Greenwich, runs north and south from the initial point on the base line at Tallahassee, in latitude 30*26'04.12" north . It governs surveys in Florida and Alabama as part of the Public Land Survey System.
It wouldn’t hurt if new land owners knew a little history too.
Those interested in Walton County history connections would want to know that
Lafayette, who had close ties to the Walton family, had land given to him in gratitude by the United States at the southwest corner of survey monument at Cascade Park near the amphitheater. Lafayette's lands were part of Township 1 North Range 1 East.
There is a street named Walton not far from the Meridian.
Surveyors and Title Companies should know this mark. Local legend has it that some survey markers have gone missing. Perhaps, they can go back and start from here and make sure due diligence is made that surveys are correct.
Lafayette fought in the American Revolution with Declaration of Independence signer George Walton. Walton's son, George Walton, Jr. is the namesake for Walton County, Florida. Octavia Walton met with Lafayette in 1825 when he made return trip to America where he was greeted as a great hero.
Photographs and lithographs (c) Brenda Rees | Shaping Florida
Post 10-24-2016 Original Painting of 1824 Walton County Florida Border, Brenda Rees with George Walton, Jr. Photograph of 1820 William West painting, and lithograph of Lafayette in personal collection