It doesn’t matter where you happen to be or what area you are researching, looking into the history is always to provide a lot of interesting information. This is also true of Tallahassee Florida and you might be interested in knowing exactly what has taken place in recent times as well as what may have been in the area hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Learning more about the history of Tallahassee Florida can enhance your appreciation for the city and for the surrounding area.
Long before the people who live in the area today began to colonize the city of Tallahassee, there were Native American individuals who lived in the area. In fact, the Native American population were already in the area of Tallahassee and had been so for millennia prior to the time that the Spanish and British colonist began arriving. Some of the history of these Native Americans has been lost to time and will likely never be recovered again. On the other hand, some of their history has even been preserved, as is the case with the mounds that are available at a local park. It is well worth exploring if you want to learn more about the history.
Europeans began arriving in the area and in the 16th century, Spanish missionaries arrived as well. One of the individuals that was an early settler in the area was Hernando DeSoto, who encamped in a nearby village that was taken by force. He was known for treating the natives cruelly and was resisted with a lot of fierceness. He didn’t stick around long for that reason and was eager to move on to greener pastures.
By the time the 19th century rolled around, it became obvious that Tallahassee was going to be named the capital of Florida. Tallahassee was selected in October 1823 because it was a convenient location between two cities. There was also a few other considerations for why it would make a good capital, including the waterfall at Cascade Park and the elevation of the city. It was given the formal designation of the Florida State capital in 1845.
Developments continued to occur in the area of Tallahassee, including the construction of the Tallahassee railroad and the American Civil War. It’s interesting that Tallahassee was one of the only capital cities east of the Mississippi that was not burned during the Civil War. It’s just another part of the history of the area that is worth considering.