Escambia County includes Century, Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. Home to America’s First Settlement and to approximately 300,000 residents, the county continues to grow with the support of the medical community and Naval Air Station Pensacola.
Pensacola, America’s First Settlement, was established in 1559 in Escambia County. Each year Pensacola celebrates its founding with the Fiesta of Five Flags in honor of being the first European settlement in the United States. Since Pensacola was established, five flags have flown over the city: Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American. The 10-day festival is one of the oldest and largest heritage festivals in Florida.
Furthermore, nicknamed the Cradle of Naval Aviation, Pensacola is also home base to the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, the Blue Angels. Each year, locals and visitors to the area are invited to view the Blue Angels perform their energetic show of flight at Pensacola Beach.
Escambia County has multiple reasons for its rich, cultural history. Another reason – One of only four forts in the South never occupied by the Confederates during the Civil War, Fort Pickens can still be visited on Gulf Islands National Seashore, just west of Pensacola Beach. Fort Pickens, which began construction in 1829 and was completed in 1834, is the largest of four forts built to defend Pensacola Bay and its Navy yard. Fun Fact: In 1828, John Q. Adams designated the Naval Live Oaks Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore as the first United States tree farm.
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Disclaimer: the above list does not include all cities and/or towns in Escambia County.