History of Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

History of Jacksonville, Florida

The city of Jacksonville, Florida grew up in the late 19th century. Previously the city was known as Ossachite. Originally, the city was occupied by Native Americans. The Spanish established control and domain over the St. Johns River region near Ossachite until 1763. After that, Britain gained control over Florida, naming it Cow Ford. 

The Cow Ford region was ceded back to Spain in late 1783, and soon Jacksonville became an area of development for nomads and settlers. In the latter half of 1821, the United States acquired Florida. The name of the city ‘Jacksonville’ is given on the name of the first military governor of Florida, General Andrew Jackson. Jacksonville is now one of the largest city in the United States with more than 840 square miles.

The major development of Jacksonville started in the late 19th century when it was designated as a destination for winter vacation. It became a major part of the United States Navy. The military employs more than 30,000 personnel and over 20,000 civilians. The city also suffered from urban sprawl but was consolidated and became a major part of the United States. The median age of Jacksonville is 36 years, which is one of the youngest of all the cities of Florida.

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