Florida turned 195 years old Sunday, July 17, the date that the territory extending from the Mississippi River to the Keys transferred from Spanish control to the United States.
Historian John Appleyard described Pensacola’s critical role in the history of the state during a celebratory luncheon Sunday at Jackson’s Steakhouse just yards from the site where the transfer took place.
Appleyard said that on the morning of July 17, 1821, hundreds of residents collected in Plaza Ferdinand in the heart of Pensacola to watch as the Spanish flag was lowered after flying over Florida for 200 years, and the United States flag, sporting 23 stars, was raised. Major General in the United States Army and eventual president Andrew Jackson addressed the crowd.
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