Debunking the So-Called Spanish Mission Near New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida

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Title

Debunking the So-Called Spanish Mission Near New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida

Alternative Title

Debunking the So-Called Spanish Mission

Subject

New Smyrna Beach (Fla.)
Coe, Charles H.
Sugar--United States

Description

Debunking the So-Called Spanish Mission Near New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida by Captain Charles Henry Coe (1856-1954). The book challenges the misconception that a site located two miles west of New Smyrna was the ruins of a Spanish mission dating back to the time of Christopher Columbus. In the book, Captain Coe demonstrates that the ruins were of a steam sugar and saw mill that was destroyed by Native Americans in 1845, just five years after it was erected. Also known as the New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins, the ruins are located at 600 Old Mission Road in New Smyrna Beach and were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

Coe was born in Torrington, Connecticut, on February 3, 1856, to William Henry Coe (1824-1879), who founded the town of Glencoe, and Deborah Little Archer Coe (1824-1912). In 1874, his family migrated to Jacksonville, Florida, due to his father's poor health. At age 18, Coe began working for the Jacksonville Tri-Weekly Union. In 1875, Coe moved to New Smyrna Beach and started his first newspaper, The Florida Star. Coe was appointed Deputy Collector of Customs for the port at New Smyrna in 1879, after his father died. In 1880, Coe moved to Glencoe and began producing photographs. Seven years later, the moved to back to Torrington, where the met and married Emma Sophia Johnson (1846-1931). The following year, Coe moved to Asheville, North Carolina, and then later to Highlands, where the established The Highlands Star. In 1889, the moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Government Printing Office (GPO).

Coe published Red Patriots: The Story of the Seminoles (1898), a book about the plight of the Seminole tribe. A copy of Red Patriots was given to every member of Congress, which later passed legislation allowing Seminole land rights in Florida. In 1912, Coe returned to Florida and spent the next 20 years traveling the coast in his cabin cruiser called The Buccaneer. After retiring from the GPO in 1921, Coe spent much of his time exploring Florida's coast as an amateur archaeologist and publishing books, including Juggling a Rope (1927) and The Art of Knife Throwing (1931). He died of pneumonia on March 23, 1954.

Creator

Coe, Charles Henry

Source

Original book cover: Coe, Charles Henry. Debunking the so-Called Spanish Mission Near New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida. Daytona Beach, FL: Fitzgerald Publications, 1941: Private Collection of Andrew M. Foster.

Publisher

Fitzgerald Publications

Date Created

ca. 1941

Date Copyrighted

1941

Date Issued

1941

Contributor

Foster, Andrew M.

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original book cover: Coe, Charles Henry. Debunking the so-Called Spanish Mission Near New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida. Daytona Beach, FL: Fitzgerald Publications, 1941.

Is Part Of

Captain Charles Henry Coe Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

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image/jpg

Extent

319 KB

Medium

1 book cover

Language

eng

Type

Text

Coverage

New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Charles Henry Coe and Fitzgerald Publications.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Charles Henry Coe and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Andrew M. Foster

External Reference

Coe, Charles Henry. Debunking the so-Called Spanish Mission Near New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County, Florida. [Daytona Beach]: [Fitzgerald publications], 1941.
Redd, Robert. Historic Sites and Landmarks of New Smyrna Beach. [S.l.]: History Press, 2015.

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