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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, ...


Fast Facts. How well do you know Jax? From history and geography to famous residents and just plain old trivia, how well do you really know Jacksonville? Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States with over 840 square miles. Duval Street, like the county was named for William Pope Duval, the first ...


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


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


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


Five Early Jacksonville African-American Architects. Despite being a major center for black commerce and culture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, not much is known about Jacksonville's significant African-American history, heritage and culture. This is especially true when it comes to recognizing the ...


History. Jacksonville is Florida's original tourist destination! Since the French Huguenots arrived in 1564, Jacksonville's history has been shaped by the mixture of cultures that call the city home. From the Native Timucuan Indians, the French explorers, the Spanish Conquistadors, the African Slaves of the regions formative ...


Dec 17, 2017 ... One of the greatest resources a city can possess is the historic fabric of its community. Culture, heritage and sense of place have always served as major ingredients in the appeal of popular destinations throughout the world.For communities with significant cultural resources, heritage tourism is a real ...


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 ...