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Indian River County
Originally this area of IRC was part of the Spanish colony of East Florida. In 1822 it became part of St. Johns County. It subsequently became part of Mosquito County , Its portion of Mosquito County became part of newly created St. Lucia County in in 1844. St. Lucia County was renamed Brevard County in 1855. In 1905, St. Lucie County was formed from the southern portion of Brevard County. 1925 Indian River County was formed from the northern portion of St. Lucie County.
The county seat is Vero Beach, Florida.
IRC includes the Incorporated communities of City of Vero Beach, City of Fellsmere, Town of Indian River Shores, Town of Orchid, City of Sebastian. Other unincorporated communities and census designated places in the county include: Blue Cypress Village, Cummings, Florida Ridge, Gifford, Nevins, North Beach.
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- An outstanding number of awesome beaches including many protected state and national parks.
- Plenty of onshore activities.
A brief history
Its name comes from a fleet of Spanish ships that sailed too close to the area back in the 17th century. It was one of many fleets used to transport treasures so they could be delivered back to Spain.
A week after departing, a violent hurricane struck the fleet. The crew got stuck in the Bahama Channel and had no way to escape. Eleven of the twelve ships were struck and ultimately sank. Most of the crew members did not survive, and the pieces of gold, silver, and jewelry fell to the bottom of the ocean.
One ship did manage to survive the hurricane. The crew members aboard the ship were able to escape the storm. They ended up on the Florida coast.
Don Francisco Salmon, the fleet’s admiral sent some men inland to find help. Others tried to make a new boat. Some of the survivors attempted to recover pieces of the lost treasure. It was a fruitless venture. The strong currents continued to move the gold and jewels around the seafloor.
Rumors of lost treasure would soon spread, and ships would come from all around to seek it.
In the 1950s, another hurricane swept through the area and blew away the local sand dunes around the Sebastian Inlet. It revealed parts of the sunken ship from the 1715 Treasure Fleet. Following the discovery of the Treasure Fleet shipwrecks, several interesting treasures were discovered along the coast.
John J. Schumann Jr. and Harry J. Schultz of the Vero Beach Press Journal were the first people to coin the term “Treasure Coast.” They used the term to describe the coast since treasure hunters starting coming in to recover the lost Spanish treasure from the nearby waters.
You could come and find buried treasure or discover a treasure of your own!
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