Governors Mansion, photos by Vickie Stevens. Click on the thumb-print
to see larger picture.
When East and West Florida were united to become a territory of the
United States, both Pensacola and St. Augustine desired to become the state
capital. One idea that was considered was to alternate the meetings of
the legislature in each community. Since this proved impractical, a compromise
was reached to pick a site that would be of equal distance between Pensacola
and St. Augustine. Tallahassee, an Apalachee Indian settlement which meant
"old town" or "old fields, was thus selected to become the capital of the
new U.S. territory of Florida.
The first territorial governor of Florida, William Pope Duval, proclaimed
Tallahassee the capital of Florida on Mar 4, 1824 and the 3rd session of
the Territorial Council convened there in November in a temporary log building.
The cornerstone of the earliest capitol building was laid in 1826 and the
"Old Capitol" building was begun in 1839. In 1977 Florida built its present
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