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Merritt Island, Florida, USA

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Where is Merritt Island, Florida, USA? 

Merritt Island, Brevard, Florida, USA
Merritt Island owes its name to the king of Spain. The entire island was part of a land grant given by the king to a nobleman named Merritt.

In 1605, Spanish explorer Alvaro Mexia visited while on a diplomatic mission to the local tribes living in the Indian River area. He called the local tribe the Ulumay. Merritt Island is the prominent island on a color map he drew of the area, a copy of which is in the archives at the Library of Congress and the archives in Seville, Spain.
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Merritt Island, Florida, USA - Bridge over Indian River, from Cocoa to Merritt Island, Fla.
Merritt Island, Florida, USA

Bridge over Indian River, from Cocoa to Merritt Island, Fla.
Merritt Island, Florida, USA - Hotel Riverview
Merritt Island, Florida, USA

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Merritt Island, Florida, USA - First Federal Savings Bank
Merritt Island, Florida, USA

First Federal Savings Bank

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In 1837, Fort Ann was constructed on the east coast of Merritt Island, to protect the area against the Seminoles.

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Cyrus
 flag  Charles Windsor CYRUS (15 June 1924, , Connecticut, USA - 17 May 2001, Merritt Island, Florida, USA) gravestone

Greene
 flag  Priscilla May GREENE (2 December 1925, Summit, New Jersey, USA - 19 December 2002, Merritt Island, Florida, USA) gravestone

Jackson
flag  E. L. JACKSON (11 February 1854, , Georgia, USA - 29 March 1928, Merritt Island, Florida, USA)

Winslow
flag  Edward Nelson WINSLOW (8 June 1864, Townshend, Vermont, USA - 15 January 1935, Merritt Island, Florida, USA)
 

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