Jacksonville, Florida


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Jacksonville, Florida

By Mathew105601 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Jacksonville has become the largest city in Florida. It is the largest city in America in terms of land area, and the 11th largest in the world. Its population of 853,000 (2014) makes it the largest city in terms of population in the southeastern United States. People from Jacksonville are sometimes called Jacksonvillians or Jaxsons.

Although the area was first settled by Europeans in 1791 and named Cowford, the city was renamed Jacksonville after Florida became a territory of the United States in 1821. It was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of Florida and the 7th president of the United States.

Today, Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in America. Over 80,000 acres along the Atlantic Ocean and St. John’s River are designated as parklands.


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