Historic Markers Across Florida

1768 British Colony of New Smyrna

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Location: the intersection of N. Riverside Drive and Julia Street in New Smyrna Beach, Florida
County: Volusia
Coordinates: N 29° 01.624    W 080° 55.297
  29.02706666    -80.92161666
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WM6XEV


During Florida´s British Colonial Period, 1763-1783, Doctor Andrew Turnbull established the largest North American colony at this site. Approximately 1300 Minorcans, Greeks, and Italians comprised the colony named after Smyrna, Asia Minor, the birthplace of Dr. Turnbull´s wife.

The colony experienced success in producing indigo dye, rice, hemp, and other crops for shipment to England. Buildings, wharfs, and a canal system still visible today, were constructed.

Despite successes, after nine years, the colony failed. Approximately 600 survivors of the colony relocated to St. Augustine where many descendants reside."

James Emery Chapter
National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century


City: New Smyrna Beach, FL