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West Florida Chronology

1513-1763 First Spanish Period

1559-1561   Tristan de Luna y Arellano, expedition and settlement on Bay of Santa Maria Filipina (Pensacola Bay)

1753-1763     Spanish Garrison at Pensacola

1756-1763     Seven Years War. Spanish lose to British. Treaty of Paris ends the War.

1763-1781 British Period

1763-1764     Pensacola under military rule. British laid out new town. Garden Street separated the house lots (80'x 160') and garden lots (160' x 320').

1781-1821 Second Spanish Period

1818     May 24, Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola. 1819-1821 Adams-Onis Treaty wherein Spain sell Florida to the United States.

1821     July 17, Jackson accepts Pensacola from the Spanish

1821-1845 Florida Territorial Period

1821     Florida organized into two (2) counties, Escambia (West Fla.) and St. Johns (East Fla).

1822     Jackson and Duval created, causing changes in Escambia and St.Johns.

1823     Gadsden County created from Jackson County

1823     Pensacola to St. Augustine Road, follows the Old Spanish Trail

1824     Alachua, Leon, Monroe, Mosquito, Nassau and Walton counties created.

1826     Construction of Pensacola Navy Yard begins.

1827     Hamilton, Madison and Jefferson counties created.

1832     Columbia and Franklin counties created.

1834     Hillsboro county created.

1836     Dade county created.

1838     Calhoun county created from Jackson county.

1842     Santa Rosa county created from Escambia county.

1843     Benton county was formed from Alachua, and Wakulla county was formed from Leon.

1844     Marion county was formed from Alachua, Hillsboro and Mosquito: St. Lucie county was created from Mosquito

1845     Levy county was formed from Alachua and Hllsborough: Mosquito changed to Orange county; part of Jackson added to Calhoun county.

1845     Florida statehood


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