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Response to boston bean (Reply #37)

Wed Jun 24, 2015, 12:49 PM

54. Or towns - my hometown was named for the first Confederate commander to die

In the Civil War:
Bartow (/ˈbɑrtoʊ/ BAR-toh) is the county seat of Polk County, Florida. Founded in 1851 as Fort Blount, the city was renamed in honor of Francis S. Bartow the first brigade commander to die in combat during the American Civil War. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2000 Census, the city had a population of 15,340 and an estimated population of 16,959 in 2009. It is part of the Lakeland−Winter Haven Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 584,383 in 2009. As of 2012, the mayor of Bartow is Leo E. Longworth.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartow,_Florida


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_S._Bartow

It could be renamed Fort Blount, but that would honor the original settlers who fought in the Seminole Wars:
The Armed Occupation Act of 1842 facilitated settlement of the Florida peninsula in the 1840s, although the act did prohibit settlement near the Peace River as that was considered Seminole land.[7][13] Enforcement of that part of the act was not strictly enforced; however, and settlers eventually moved out of the Tampa Bay area and into the area.[7] As the settlement grew, the residents began to plant citrus trees and build one room school houses and churches.[7] In 1851, Fort Blount was established by Redding Blount just west of current downtown Bartow.[14] At some point in the 1850s, Fort Blount became Peace Creek or Peas Creek, a name dating back to the Rio de la Paz of early Spanish maps.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartow,_Florida#History


Peace Creek or Peace River would be a much nicer name - though the river is nearly dry at times now it is still there. And the name would give a nod to the Spanish name for the original native settlement that was in the area when they first explored the middle of the peninsula.

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