The Gabordy Canal Historical

The Gabordy Canal Historical (HM1X5N)

Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 Volusia County
Country: United States of America

N 29° 0.325', W 80° 54.695'

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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 to these colonists.
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HM NumberHM1X5N
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByThe 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
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Date Added Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 9:03am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 508611 N 3208588
Decimal Degrees29.00541667, -80.91158333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 0.325', W 80° 54.695'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 0' 19.5" N, 80° 54' 41.7" W
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Area Code(s)386
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1801-1899 N Riverside Dr, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168, US
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