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St Johns River Florida - Walk This Way
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St. Johns River is Florida's longest, snaking over 310 miles from the swamps of central Florida to the Atlantic Ocean. The total drop of the river from its source to its 'laziest' rivers in the world. Another of the river's unique features is that it flows north, one of just a few rivers in the United States that does.
This interesting river attracted settlers early on, and for a time, each group would bestow a new name on the river. The Timucuan Indians called it Welaka, meaning 'chain of lakes'. The French named it Riviere di Mai, River of May, since they arrived on May 1. The Spanish have called it Rio de Corrientes (River of Currents) and San Mateo, but it was finally renamed Rio de San Juan, after the mission San Juan del Puerto was established near the mouth of the river in 1587. The name Rio de San Juan was later Anglicized to St. John's and then St. Johns.
St. Johns River continues to be a vital waterway with huge Naval ships entering the river bound for Naval Station Mayport, and cargo containers heading farther upstream to Jacksonville, Florida's second largest port.
June 16th, 2013
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