Native Timucuan Indians first occupied the area now known as Jacksonville Florida. The first European settlement was established in 1562. In 1564 the French explorers arrived. La Caroline was meant to be a refuge for the Protestants. The Spanish destroyed it. Then the British came and took over. The English built a road between Georgia and St. Augustine and called the area Cow Ford. Cow Ford changed its name to Jacksonville in 1822. Jacksonville was named after President Andrew Jackson. He never travelled to his namesake. The City of Jacksonville was incorporated in 1832. The city was occupied four times During the Civil War (1861–1865) resulting in much of Jacksonville being destroyed. Jacksonville is found on the southeast coast of the United States, in the State of Florida. Quite the vacation destination with numerous beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. In 1968 Duval County and Jacksonville merged into one big city. Jacksonville is a very diverse melting pot of cultures, both old and new. The French, African Slaves and the Spanish have all had an influence on the local cuisine and life style. Jacksonville has the largest population in Florida, over 868,000. The annual high is 78°F and the annual low is 62°F. The average temperature is 70°F. Common nicknames for Jacksonville include, Jax, Florida’s “First Coast” and “Little big town”.
Jacksonville City is a city on the Atlantic Ocean, along with Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach, all part of the Jacksonville Beaches communities.
College and University
Jacksonville University, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Florida Coastal School of Law, Trinity Baptist College, Virginia College-Jacksonville, University of North Florida.
Jacksonville International Airport, Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport.
Jacksonville Zoo, Hemming Park, Amelia Island, Museum of Science and History, Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville Landing, Florida Theatre, Kingsley Plantation, EverBank Field, Friendship Fountain, Hanna Park, Metropolitan Park, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Alhambra Dinner Theatre, Fort Clinch State Park, La Villa Museum.
Jacksonville Jaguars, Jacksonville Dolphins men’s basketball.
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