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Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA
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Where is Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA?  The history of Pensacola, Florida begins long before the official founding of the modern city in 1698. The area around present-day Pensacola was inhabited by Native American peoples thousands of years before the historical era. The historical era begins with the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century. In 1559 Tristan de Luna established a short-lived settlement at Pensacola Bay which became one of the first European-established settlements in what is now the continental United States; however, it was soon abandoned. In the late 17th century the Spanish returned to the area to found the modern Pensacola as an outpost from which to defend their claims to Spanish Florida. The city's strategic but isolated position led to it changing hands among different Western powers a number of times; at different times it was held by the Spanish, the French, the British, the United States, and the Confederate States of America. wikipedia

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1559 - August 14 - Spanish explorer de Luna lands in Pensacola Bay,Fla

1559 - Hurricane wrecks Spanish expedition
A Spanish fleet of 74 ships sent to recapture Florida sailed into a hurricane. Most of the fleet was sunk, but one ship survived and founded a colony near Pensacola, Fla.

Hurricane timeline: 1495 to 1800
Sun Sentinel
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1698 - Pensacola founded
First established by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in 1559; abandoned in 1561. Permanently established in 1698.
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1812 - War of 1812
During the War of 1812, Spain allowed Britain to use Pensacola as a naval base. resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html

1814 - Naval Base Captured
American troops captured the naval base in Pensacola. resources/state-history-timeline/ florida.html

News 1861 - September 13 - 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sinks privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla
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September 13, 1861

February 13, 1889 - It was the coldest morning of record along the Gulf Coast. The temperature dipped to 7 above zero at Pensacola FL.

News 1893 - Yellow Jack
Its Appearance at Pensacola, Fla., Officially Reported

PENSACOLA, Fla., Aug. 9. - The Escambia county board of health issued the following official paper: 'The board of health regrets to announce that two deaths have occurred in this city, that of Rev. F. C. Waite and Ellen Wood, both pronounced yellow fever. The houses have been isolated, the bedding and all clothing destroyed and all necessary precautions taken to prevent spreading of the fever.'

This created almost a panic and at least ... Read MORE...

Pensacola, Fla., (via Flomaton, Ala., by courier)
Sept. 29. - Flood followed hurricane wind, and rain this morning, and the city tonight is nearly submerged. Seven and one-half inches of rain fell in a little over three hours and the main streets of the city were turned into veritable rivers by this tremendous downpour. In some instances the water is shoulder deep. First floor cellars and many residences were deluged. Business is at a standstill. Debris of every description is floating through ... Read MORE...

Pensacola, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Escambia co., Fla., on the N. shore of Pensacola Bay, about 10 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and 50 miles (direct) SE. of Mobile, on the Louisville and Nashville (Pensacola division) and the Pensacola, Alabama and Tennessee Rs. It has a deep harbor, which is one of the safest in the Gulf of Mexico. The entrance to it is defended by Forts Pickens, McRae, and Barrancas. Pensacola has large grain-elevators and an extensive shipping trade in ship-... Read MORE...

1908 - advertisement

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Pensacola, Florida
July 4, 1908

1917 - September 28 - A hurricane hit Pensacola, FL. Winds gusted to 95 mph, and the barometric pressure dipped to 28.50 inches.
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News 1926 - Five Believed Buried Under Factory Ruins Firemen Continue to battle $200,000 Blaze Started by Blast
Ten Are Injured In Mystery Accident
Cause of Tragedy Undetermined by Heads of Business

Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 2.-(AP)-With the known dead numbering twelve, ten injured in hospitals and five workmen missing, firemen continued tonight to battle flames which resulted today when a fire retort at the Newport Tar and Turpentine company exploded, with expectation that the bodies of the missing would be recovered from the ruins.

Fire officials estimated the damage to the property at $200,000. The ... Read MORE...

1926 - September 20 - A hurricane which hit Miami, FL, on the 18th, pounded Pensacola with wind gusts to 152 mph. Winds raged in excess of 100 mph for four hours, and above 75 mph for 20 hours.
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1954 - January 13 - WEAR TV channel 3 in Pensacola-Mobile, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
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Ancestors Who Were Born and/or Died Here

America/USA  William John Charles (07 November 1893, Barre, Washington, Vermont, USA - 24 November 1919, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

America/USA  Andrew Michael Ebrenz (21 October 1866, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, USA - 15 April 1939, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

America/USA  Joseph Selden Fox (03 October 1905, Seattle, King, Washington, USA - 01 June 1939, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

America/USA  Milton B Frank (11 February 1862, Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - 12 December 1929, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

America/USA  Marion Rose Gimlich (29 January 1911, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA - 17 January 2005, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA) gravestone

America/USA  Frank R Harford (25 April 1857, Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine, USA (Scarboro) - 11 June 1931, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

America/USA  Guy Donovan Harwood (21 July 1906, Brattleboro, Windham, Vermont, USA (West Brattleboro) - 14 January 1985, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

America/USA  Addison H Hudson (11 June 1856, Berea, Cuyahoga, Ohio, USA - 31 March 1929, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

America/USA  William Hazard Northup (28 January 1848, South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, USA (Kingston) (West Kingston) - 05 February 1925, Pensacola, Escambia, Florida, USA)

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