The July 4th sparklers have all fizzled out and I’m now officially into vacation days of summer. My daughter lives in Tallahassee, so I’m here in Talabama for the weekend.
Saturday was free admission day for several public attractions in Tallahassee — one was the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens and State Park. The garden is on the National Register of Historic Places. This garden is part of a land grant to Marquis de Lafayette — a close friend of George Washington. Lafayette, a French nobleman, fought in many battles during the American Revolution. He defended the American Colonies by contributing his own money to support the American fight for Independence, not to mention he was a general who led troops into battle. Further, he became known as an outspoken supporter of representative government in France. His loyalty to the Colonies and his criticism of Napoleon Bonaparte angered the dictator and thus Lafayette went unmentioned in French history. Getting back to the Florida connection, the British divided the territory into East and West Florida using Apalachicola River as the dividing line. Florida traded hands between Great Britain, Spain, and France between 1783 and 1803. Spain had control of Florida in1783 as part of the treaty that ended the American Revolution. Finally, as part of the 1803 Louisiana Land Grant, Lafayette was awarded this territory as recognition of his service. To think, I thought I was taking a simple Saturday stroll through the park. Turns out history blooms in gardens too.