Plaza Ferdinand VII

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Plaza Ferdinand VII
Pensacola Plaza Ferdinand01.jpg
The plaza, with the Chipley monument in the center
Plaza Ferdinand VII is located in Florida
Plaza Ferdinand VII
Plaza Ferdinand VII is located in the US
Plaza Ferdinand VII
Location Pensacola, Florida, USA
Coordinates 30°24′27″N 87°12′50″W / 30.40750°N 87.21389°W / 30.40750; -87.21389Coordinates: 30°24′27″N 87°12′50″W / 30.40750°N 87.21389°W / 30.40750; -87.21389
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1815
NRHP reference # 66000264[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966[2]
Designated NHL October 9, 1960[3]
A bust of Andrew Jackson at the Plaza Ferdinand VII, where Jackson was sworn in as governor.
A view of the park's corners
Another view with the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum in the background

The Plaza Ferdinand VII is an outdoor garden and park in the historic district of Pensacola, Florida. It is located on Palafox Street between Government and Zaragoza Streets. It was named after Ferdinand VII of Spain, the King of Spain between 1813 and 1833.

Historical significance[edit]

Under the Adams–Onís Treaty of 1819, Spain agreed to cede Florida to the United States from Spain. After both countries had ratified the treaty, General Andrew Jackson made a speech to the townspeople, informing them that the land was now the Florida Territory, and that Pensacola would be its capital. General Jackson was later sworn in as first Territorial Governor in the plaza. A bust of Jackson now stands at the spot where he was inaugurated. The bust was donated[when?] by the Pensacola Historic Preservation Society.

The plaza was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960.[3][4] As such, it was automatically included in the National Register of Historic Places when that program began in 1966.

In 1989, the plaza was listed in A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, published by the University of Florida Press.[5]

Archaeologists, in 2002, discovered evidence of British structures previously not known to have existed in that area.[citation needed]

New Year's celebration[edit]

Plaza Ferdinand is also the site of the Pelican Drop. The Pelican Drop happens to the west of the Plaza but still is considered to happen in the Area.[citation needed]

Notable buildings near the plaza[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historical Places - Florida (FL), Escambia County". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Plaza Ferdinand VII". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  4. ^ Blanche Higgins Schroer (1977). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Plaza Ferdinand VII" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying five photos, from 1968 and 1975 (32 KB)
  5. ^ A Guide to Florida's Historic Architecture, 1989, Gainesville: University of Florida Press, p. 7, ISBN 0-8130-0941-3

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