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Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Duval County. The governments of the City of Jacksonville and Duval County consolidated in 1968, expanding Jacksonville’s city limits and making it the largest city in land area continental United States. Consequently most of Jacksonville’s metropolitan population lives within its city limits, and it is the most populous city proper in Florida and the thirteenth most populous in the United States. Jacksonville is the principal city in the Greater Jacksonville Metropolitan Area, a region with a population of more than 1,313,228.

Jacksonville is located in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia border and about 340 miles (547 km) north of Miami. The Jacksonville Beaches communities are located along the adjacent Atlantic coast. The area was originally inhabited by the Timucua people, and in 1564 was the site of the French colony of Fort Caroline, one of the earliest European settlements in what is now the continental United States. During Florida’s British period a community grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Indians and Cowford to the British. The town was incorporated in 1822, a year after the United States acquired the colony of Florida from Spain, and renamed after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.

Harbor improvements since the late 19th century have made Jacksonville a major military and civilian deep-water port. Its riverine location facilitates two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida’s third largest seaport. Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, and healthcare; as with much of Florida tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, in particular tourism related to golf.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Foreclosure Abandoned Homes

Foreclosure Abandoned Homes City of Chicago now Dealing with the Burden of Thousands of Abandoned Homes By Jacksonville Foreclosure Defense Attorney The City of Chicago is facing the possibility that it will be forced to spend millions of dollars to … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Jacksonville Florida Food Stamps

Jacksonville Florida Food Stamps Food stamps now help 1 in 5 in Jacksonville An anti-hunger group ranks city No. 2 nationally; use soars in last five years. By Deirdre Conner Food stamp use has more than doubled in Duval County … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Transocean Deepwater Horizon

Transocean Deepwater Horizon St. Joe files oil spill damage suit The St. Joe Co. has filed a lawsuit against the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded last spring in the Gulf of Mexico, causing the largest oil spill … Continue reading

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