Moses Elias Levy

Moses Elias Levy (HM1RNE)

Location: Williston, FL 32696 Alachua County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 30.313', W 82° 16.773'

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Moses Elias Levy (1782-1854), a Moroccan born Jewish merchant, came to Florida after its cession from Spain to the United States in 1821. Before his arrival, Levy acquired over 50,000 acres in East Florida. In 1822, Levy began development on Pilgrimage Plantation, just northwest of the future town of Micanopy. The plantation's main commodity was sugar cane, which Levy had reintroduced to Florida. Levy and his partners, including the Florida Association of New York, helped to draw Jewish settlers to the area with the goal of creating a refuge for oppressed European Jews in a communitarian settlement, the first on U.S. soil. Levy's efforts sparked significant economic development, spurring the growth of Micanopy from a small trading post to a bustling town. Pilgrimage was destroyed in 1835 during the Second Seminole War, but Levy's reform efforts continued. He promoted free public education and served as one of the territory's first Education Commissioners. He was also a vigorous advocate for the gradual abolition of slavery and the humane treatment of enslaved people. Levy was the father of David Levy Yulee, one of the first U.S. Senators from Florida and the first U.S. Senator of Jewish heritage in American history.
Marker NumberF-860
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe Town of Micanopy, Micanopy Historical Society, The Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Department of State
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Date Added Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 375977 N 3264643
Decimal Degrees29.50521667, -82.27955000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 30.313', W 82° 16.773'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 30' 18.78" N, 82° 16' 46.38" W
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Area Code(s)352
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 214 NE Cholokka Blvd, Williston FL 32696, US
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