Portal:Jacksonville

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Jacksonville is the most populous city proper in the U.S. state of Florida, and eleventh most populous in the United States. Originally called Wacca Pilatka by the Seminole and Cowford by the British, the city takes its present name from Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.

In 1968, Jacksonville consolidated with Duval County, creating the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. Most of its metropolitan population is within the city limits; with an estimated population of 827,908. The entire metropolitan area had a population of 1,345,596 in 2010. Residents of Jacksonville are referred to as "Jacksonvillians" or "Jaxons".

The city is in Northeast Florida, centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and about 340 miles (547 km) north of Miami. It is a major military and civilian deep-water port, housing two U.S. Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport. Significant sectors of the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare, logistics, and tourism

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The Jacksonville transportation network includes ground, air, and sea options for passenger and freight transit. The Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) operates the Port of Jacksonville, which includes container shipping facilities at Blount Island Marine Terminal, the Talleyrand Marine Terminal and the Dames Point Marine Terminal. Jacksonville Aviation Authority managers Jacksonville International Airport in Northside, as well as several smaller airports. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) operates bus, people mover, and park-n-ride services throughout the city and region. A major bus terminal at Rosa Parks Station serves as JTA's main transit hub. Various intercity bus companies terminate near Central Station. Amtrak operates passenger rail service to and from major cities throughout North America. The city is bisected by major highways, I-95 and I-10, I-295 creates a full beltway around the city.
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Photo credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

WPA: FAP: kids involved in painting and sculptures based upon spirituals: Jacksonville, Florida, Extension Art Gallery, ca. 1937

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Malcolm X, 'The Ballot or the Bullet' (1964)
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William Haydon Burns (March 17, 1912 – November 22, 1987) was the 35th Governor of Florida from 1965 to 1967. He was also Mayor of the city of Jacksonville, Florida from 1949 to 1965. In 1949 Burns announced his intention to run for Mayor of Jacksonville against incumbent C. Frank Whitehead. He defeated Whitehead in the Democratic Party primary, and then faced Jacksonville businessman William Ashley, a Democrat running as a political independent, in a general election – an unusual occurrence, as Democrats had been dominant in city politics for decades.
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