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In the 16th century, the beginning of the historical era, the region was inhabited by the Mocama, a coastal subgroup of the Timucua people.
At the time of contact with Europeans, all Mocama villages in present-day Jacksonville were part of the powerful chiefdom known as the Saturiwa, centered around the mouth of the St. French Huguenot explorer Jean Ribault charted the St.
Though no battles were fought in Jacksonville proper, the city changed hands several times between Union and Confederate forces.
Johns River in the First Coast region of northeast Florida, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia state line and 340 miles (550 km) north of Miami.
However, Union forces captured a Confederate position at the Battle of St. Union forces retreated to Jacksonville and held the city for the remainder of the war.
In March 1864 a Confederate cavalry confronted a Union expedition in the Battle of Cedar Creek.
As a result, the northeastern Florida area prospered economically more than it had under the Spanish.
Britain ceded control of the territory to Spain in 1783, after being defeated in the American Revolutionary War, and the settlement at the Cow Ford continued to grow.
Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics.