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Pensacola, Florida

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Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle. It is a part of the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area and has a population of about 400,000 (metro) and 200,000(city). It is also the county seat of Escambia.

Pensacola was founded in 1559 by a Spanish explorer named Tristán de Luna y Arellano. It was officially America's first settlement. After about 116 years of Spanish rule the French took control over Pensacola from 1719 to 1722. The colony was then passed to the British who seized control of Pensacola temporarily through the Peace of Paris. Pensacola was also named the capital of the new British Colony. During the Civil War Pensacola was a part of the Confederacy. The United States later regained control through the Adams–Onís Treaty and Pensacola was once again a part of the union on May 1862.

Pensacola tourism well comes from its beaches which includes Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. Other tourist sites includes Downtown Pensacola, Cordova Mall, and Sam's Fun City.

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Downtown Pensacola is the economic, political and historical core of Northwest Florida. It is located in southern Escambia County, It is located near the geographical center of Pensacola .It is also centered around centered at Palafox Street and Garden Street, bounded to the south by Pensacola Bay. The other boundaries are more nebulous and open to debate, but A Street to the west, Seventeenth Avenue to the east, and Cervantes Street to the north (the legal boundaries of the Community Redevelopment Agency) are probably the most inclusive borders. The Community Redevelopment Agency and Downtown Improvement Board, both "downtown" taxation districts, have their own, explicitly-defined boundaries. The downtown area grew from the Spanish Panzacola settlement and its later successors, remnants of which can be found in the preserved homes and buildings of Historic Pensacola Village.
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Tristán de Luna y Arellano (1519–1571) was a Spanish Conquistador of the 16th century. Born in Borobia, Spain, he came to New Spain, and was sent on an expedition to conquer Florida in 1559. In August of that year, he established an ephemeral colony at modern-day Pensacola, one of the earliest European settlements within the present-day United States.
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Satellite file photo of Hurricane Katrina from 2005.

Tropical Storm Isaac is creating a swathe of concerns across many gulf states in the US, as it sweeps into the Florida Keys.

As of 5:00pm EDT, Miami area winds were measuring at 60 miles per hour. Authorities indicated 5,180 homes across Broward county are without electricity. According to media sources, the governor of Louisiana anticipates giving evacuation orders as early as Monday morning.

Hurricane warnings have been issued in the Florida Panhandle, sweeping as far west as Louisiana. Sunday afternoon, Louisiana's Governor Jindal issued a state of emergency for the state. Over 450 flights at Miami International Airport were canceled this weekend, in light of the storm's arrival.

Ultimately, the storm's winds could reach as high as 110 mph, according to sources. The mayor of New Orleans told media that many residents there are nervous. The last time a hurricane struck the Gulf coast was in 2008.


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An artists impression of Fort Pickens
Credit: Civil War Harper's Weekly

Fort Pickens is a pentagonal historic United States military fort on Santa Rosa Island in the Pensacola, Florida area. It is named after American Revolutionary War hero Andrew Pickens. The fort was completed in 1834 and remained in use until 1947.

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Did you know?

  • ...Pensacola is the 51st-largest city in Florida?
  • ...Pensacola's nickname is the City of Five Flags because of the five countries that have flown their flags over Pensacola in its history?
  • ...Pensacola is a part of the Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent Metropolitan Statistical Area, the 110th largest metropolitan area in the United States?
  • ...Pensacola was America's first settlement?
  • ...Pensacola gets more than $500 million worth in tourism?


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