Pensacola is a historic beach city in Florida. It is also called as the "City of Five Flags" because it has been under the rule of five diverse countries since it was established over 450 years ago. Pensacola is place to the Pensacola Naval Air Station and possesses several historic districts that skirt the downtown area. Surrounded on three sides by water, the Pensacola area is full of history, shipwrecks and spectacular vistas.|
The first people that arrived to Pensacola put the Pensacola area on the map 440 years ago, starting a long, rich, different heritage. Today, you can enjoy that multicultural legacy at various historical attractions.
Pensacola acquired its name from the Pensacola Indians who greeted the first Spanish explorers in 1559, when Don Tristan de Luna conducted 1,400 colonists to what is now Pensacola Beach. But a important hurricane sank ships, drowned livestock, and prompted them to flee. Although the Pensacola Indians are now extinct, Creek Indians inhabit in the area and celebrate their traditions.
Many conquistadores came in 1698. Spanish soldiers, helped by slaves, constructed a fort at what is now the Naval Air Station on Pensacola Bay. That settlement was located in 1998 and opened to the public. A bastion and educational kiosk aid you imagine life over 300 years ago.
Pensacola's past comes alive in the Historic Pensacola Village and the Pensacola Historical Museum, situated in the Pensacola Historic District. The historic district is one of the antique and most entire in all of Florida, its architecture reflecting modest structures absolutely suited to the climate. Within this small neighbourhood are Old Christ Church, Florida's oldest church (1832), and St. Michael's Cemetery, deeded to Pensacola by the King of Spain in 1822.
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