has'E] the seat of Leon County and the capital of
Florida; area ~98 square miles; population
The first European to visit the
area of present-day Tallahassee was Spanish
explorer Hernando de Soto, who spent the winter of 1538-1539
here. By 1675, the Franciscans had established
seven missions in the area. The English and the
Creek Indians raided the missions during Queen
Anne's War (1702-1713) in retaliation for the
Spanish having incited Indian raids against
English settlements in South Carolina.
After the United States acquired Florida
in 1821, the site of Tallahassee was chosen as
the capital of the territory of Florida. The
first settlers arrived in 1824, and the
Legislature met for the first time in Tallahassee
later that same year.
During the Civil War,
Tallahassee was the only Confederate capital east
of the Mississippi River to not be captured by
In addition to being the home
of Florida's state government, Tallahassee is a
regional center for trade and agriculture.
Manufactures from the
metropolitan area include lumber and wood
products, processed food, building supplies,
printed materials, and gunpowder.
The city is served by
Tallahassee Regional Airport.
Tallahassee is the home of
Florida State University, Florida A&M
University, Tallahassee Community College, and
Pat Thomas Law Enforcement Academy. Barry
University, Embry Riddle and Flagler also have
branches in Tallahassee.
Cultural attractions include
the Lemoyne Art Foundation Gallery and the Museum
of Florida History.
Notable persons from
Tallahassee include: Wally Amos, founder of the
"Famous Amos" chocolate chip cookie
brand; George Clinton, musician; Paul Dirac,
Nobel Prize-winning physicist; Faye Dunaway,
actress; Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors;
Burt Reynolds, actor.
The name Tallahassee
is a Muskogean word often translated as old
fields or old town.
Official Website of the City of
Hernando de Soto
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