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The city of Jacksonville, Florida began to grow in the late 18th century as Cow Ford, settled by British colonists. Its major development occurred in the late nineteenth century, when it became a winter vacation destination for tourists from the North and Midwest. Its development was halted or slowed by the Great Fire of 1901, ...


Learn how Jacksonville's history and development are inked to its beautiful climate, abundant natural resources, and ocean and river trade access.


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Our History Jacksonville has grown rapidly since 1941, when Camp Lejeune was established. The same qualities that drew the Marine Corps to build the world's most complete amphibious base in Onslow County were also some of the same qualities that caused the City to be formed along the New River. Wantlands Ferry  ...


The mission of the Jacksonville Historical Society is to foster and promote the appreciation of the history of Jacksonville and Northeast Florida.


Jacksonville's early 20th century Chinese community. Following the end of the Civil War, the United States experienced a major wave of immigration, fueling the growth of its urban centers nationwide. While the stories involving immigration in early Jacksonville have been lost to time, Jacksonville was no exception to the ...


Information on the history of Downtown Jacksonville and how the downtown area evolved.


A Rich & Vibrant History. (The best written work covering Jacksonville history is Old Hickory's Town by James Ward. The struggle for consolidation is well covered by Richard Martin in A Quiet Revolution. For a thorough and readable review of the city after consolidation in 1968, see Jacksonville: The Consolidation Story by ...


Town Founded on River Site. Historians hold that the Timucua tribe lived on the site of today's Jacksonville since before the year 2000 B.C. The first documented European visitors to the area were a group of French Huguenots, led by Rene de Laudonniere, who sailed into the mouth of the St. Johns River in 1562.