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Boca Raton, Florida, USA

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Where is Boca Raton, Florida, USA? 

Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
In Spanish "Boca" means "mouth" and "Ratón" means "mouse" (not "rat" as is it is commonly mis-translated.) However, in nautical terms the word "Boca" refers to an inlet. The original name "Boca de Ratones" appeared on eighteenth century maps associated with an inlet in the Biscayne Bay area of Miami. By the beginning of the nineteenth century, the term was mistakenly moved north to its current location on most maps and applied to the inland waterway from the closed inlet north for 8.5 miles (13.7 km), which was called the "Boca Ratones Lagoon". The word "ratones" appears in old Spanish maritime dictionaries referring to "rugged rocks or stony ground on the bottom of some ports and coastal outlets, where the cables rub against". Therefore the abridged translation defining "Boca de Ratones" is "a shallow inlet of sharp-pointed rocks which scrapes a ship's cables". The first settler was T. M. Rickards in 1895 who resided in a house made of driftwood on the east side of the East Coast Canal south of what is now the Palmetto Park Road bridge. He surveyed and sold land from the canal to beyond the railroad north of what is now Palmetto Park Road.

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Boca Raton, Florida, USA - The West Entrance to
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The West Entrance to "Boca Raton Club House", Boca Raton, Florida
Boca Raton, Florida, USA - Zee Horse and Grevy Zebras at Africa U.S.A., Boca Raton, Fla.
Boca Raton, Florida, USA

Zee Horse and Grevy Zebras at Africa U.S.A., Boca Raton, Fla.

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Ancestors Who Were Born Here

flag  Arthur JONES (23 March 1890, Boca Raton, Florida, USA - 23 March 1959, , Florida, USA) gravestone

flag  Charles Oscar JOURNIGAN (21 June 1916, Boca Raton, Florida, USA - 11 November 1939, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA) gravestone

Ancestors Who Died Here

flag  Michael ALTIERI (25 April 1915, Meriden, Connecticut, USA - 10 July 2005, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

flag  George Marshall BEDELL (1 September 1864, Manhattan, New York, USA (New York City) (New Amsterdam) - 19 March 1939, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

flag  Paul Edward BOEDEKER (16 November 1886, Chicago, Illinois, USA - 15 September 1936, Boca Raton, Florida, USA) gravestone

flag  Clarince BOYCE (13 July 1886, , West Virginia, USA - 11 February 1938, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

flag  Edwin Perkins BROWN (25 June 1868, St Albans, Vermont, USA - 8 February 1934, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

Brown Sr.
flag  John Grover BROWN SR. (28 December 1894, Haynes City, Florida, USA - 6 January 1937, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

flag  Jeanette CHESEBRO (3 December 1854, , Michigan, USA - 27 April 1928, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

flag  Thomas Rudolph COOK (28 March 1877, Cuero, Texas, USA - 4 March 1931, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

flag  Carroll Mattie FRANCES (24 November 1879, Calhoun Co., Florida, USA - 13 February 1917, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

 flag  Ruth Henrietta GREINER (10 January 1918, Meriden, Connecticut, USA - 25 February 2003, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

flag  John A. WEEKS (20 October 1871, Decatur, Ohio, USA - 19 October 1938, Boca Raton, Florida, USA)

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