Place:Escambia, Florida, United States

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NameEscambia
Alt namesEscambiasource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates30.667°N 87.333°W
Located inFlorida, United States     (1821 - )
See alsoSanta Rosa, Florida, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
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Escambia County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of Florida. The 2010 population was 297,619. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 296,772. Its county seat is Pensacola.

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History

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The area had been inhabited for thousands of years by indigenous peoples of varying cultures. Historic American Indian tribes at the time of European-American settlement were the Creek.

Escambia County was created by European Americans on July 21, 1821. It was named for the Escambia River. The name "Escambia" may be derived from the Creek name Shambia, meaning "clearwater", or the Choctaw word for "cane-brake" or "reed-brake".

Created on the same date, Escambia and St. Johns counties were Florida's two original counties. The Suwanee River was the border between them, which follows a winding path from the northern border of the state to the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, the Escambia county government had jurisdiction over the "panhandle" and "big bend" areas and St. Johns over the remainder of the entire state. 21 Counties were created from Escambia county directly or indirectly. They include Jackson (1821), Gadsden (created from Jackson)(1823), Leon (1824), Walton (1824), Washington (created from Jackson and Walton)(1825), Hamilton (1827), Jefferson (1827), Madison (created from Jefferson) (1827), Franklin (1832), Calhoun (1838), Santa Rosa (1842), Wakulla (created from Leon) (1843), Holmes (created from Jackson and Walton) (1848), Liberty (created from Gadsden) (1855), Lafayette and Taylor (created from Madison) (1856), Bay (created from Washington) (1913), Okaloosa (created from Santa Rosa and Walton) (1915), Dixie (created from Lafayette) (1921), and Gulf (created from Calhoun) (1925). The area over which the county government would have jurisdiction has decreased with the creation of many other counties in Florida, which number sixty-seven in 2013.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1821 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1821 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1821 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1821 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1821 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1830 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1891 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1950 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1830 3,386
1840 3,993
1850 4,351
1860 5,768
1870 7,817
1880 12,156
1890 20,188
1900 28,313
1910 38,029
1920 49,386
1930 53,594
1940 74,667
1950 112,706
1960 173,829
1970 205,334
1980 233,794
1990 262,798

Note: Escambia's 1830 population comprises 2,518 "west of Escambia River, including Saint Rosa Island" and 868 "between Yellow and Escambia Rivers"; part of this area was in Walton County.

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External links

www.co.escambia.fl.us/


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