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The history of Jacksonville, also known as The River City, spans hundreds of years, and has been influenced by the area's unique geography and location. The first settlement in the area was made over 6,000 years ago by the Timucua Indians in the vicinity of modern-day downtown Jacksonville.

European explorers first arrived in 1562 and established the first European settlement at Fort Caroline two years later. In 1565, a Spanish force attacked Fort Caroline from the nearby Spanish settlement of St. Augustine, and killed all the French soldiers defending it (except Catholics). The Spanish renamed it Fort San Mateo. Two years later, the French recaptured the settlement from the Spanish and slaughtered all of the Spanish defenders. After the initial destruction of Fort Caroline, St. Augustine became the most important settlement in Florida. Florida was a Spanish possession until it became a territory of the United States in 1821. The town governement was approved in 1832.

During the American Civil War, Jacksonville was a key supply point for hogs and cattle leaving Florida and aiding the cause. The city changed hands several times. Though no battles were fought in Jacksonville, the city was left in a considerable state of disarray after the war.

During Reconstruction, Jacksonville and nearby St. Augustine became popular winter resorts for the rich and famous. Visitors arrived by steamboat and later by train. In 1901 downtown Jacksonville was ravaged by a fire that was started at a fiber factory. It was one of the worst disasters in Florida history and the largest ever urban fire in the Southeast; it destroyed the business district and rendered 10,000 residents homeless in the course of eight hours.  More than 13,000 buildings were reconstructed between 1901 and 1912.

Jacksonville soon became a major banking and insurance center. The U.S. Navy also became a major employer and economic force during the 1940s, with the installation of three major naval bases in the city.

Today, Jacksonville is an exciting vibrant city that maximizes its natural attributes and reaches out to welcome visitors.


Because of its North Florida location, Jacksonville has a temperate climate and a delightful change of seasons not found in other Florida cities. Year-round sunshine and blue skies offer mild weather, making a visit to Jacksonville pleasant, whatever the season. 

Average annual temperature: 72.8 degrees

Average year-round high: 78 degrees

Annual number of sunny days: 226

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The above information was provided by the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, FL.

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