Sunday, February 16, 2014
How Did Florida's Jupiter Get Its Name? By Geniusofdespair
I was driving past Jupiter and I was curious on how it got its name.
I read a few theories, but this one was the best. I think this Wikipedia one is made up, actually it is pretty funny:
The area where the town now sits was originally named for the Hobe Indian tribe which lived at the mouth of the Loxahatchee River, and whose name is also preserved in the name of nearby Hobe Sound. A mapmaker misunderstood the Spanish spelling "Jobe" of the Indian name "Hobe" and recorded it as "Jove". Subsequent mapmakers further misunderstood this to be the Latin translation of the god Jupiter, and they anglicized the name from Jove to "Jupiter". The Roman god Jupiter (or Zeus in the Greek mythology) is the chief Roman god, and god of light, of the sky and weather, and of the state and its welfare and its laws. Jupiter's consort was Juno, inspiring a neighboring town to name itself "Juno Beach".
I think Florida Fish lesions are far more intense than a Florida Map lesion, that I concocted with a planet, especially since they want to do more OIL exploration off the coast. The Gulf oil spill, says Gizmodo, caused eyeless shrimp, clawless crabs and fish with oozing sores:
Also see Gimleteye's post.