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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Leon County

 
 
Leon County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 9, 2015
1. Leon County Marker
Inscription.  Originally part of Escambia and later Gadsden Counties, Leon was created by the territorial legislature in 1824. Named for Juan Ponce de Leon, discoverer of Florida, it became antebellum Florida's most prosperous and populous county. Cotton thrived in its fertile soil. Tallahassee, the county seat, has been the state capital since 1824. It is the home of Florida State University (1857) and Florida A&M University (1887).

Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials
in cooperation with
Leon County Commissioners

 
Erected 1961 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials, and Leon County Commissioners. (Marker Number F-45.)
 
Location. 30° 26.38′ N, 84° 16.827′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is at the intersection of South Monroe Street (State Road 20) and East Jefferson Street (State Road 366), on the right when traveling north on South Monroe Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the sidewalk, within plaza on west side of Leon
Leon County Marker (<i>wide view; Leon County Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 9, 2015
2. Leon County Marker (wide view; Leon County Courthouse in background)
County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee FL 32301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lewis Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida Sri Chinmoy Peace State (within shouting distance of this marker); Florida Liberty Bell Replica (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Exchange Bank Building (about 400 feet away); Old Capitol of Florida (about 400 feet away); Capitol of Florida (was about 400 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Leon County Civil War Monument (about 500 feet away); USS Tallahassee (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Leon County, Florida (Wikipedia). By the 1850s and 1860s, Leon County had become part of the "cotton kingdom" of the Deep South. It ranked fifth of all Florida and Georgia counties in the production of cotton from the 20 major plantations. Uniquely among Confederate capitals east of the Mississippi River, in the American Civil War Tallahassee was never captured by Union forces. No Union soldiers set foot in Leon County until the Reconstruction Era. (Submitted on April 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Leon County was the center of the slave trade in Florida. Leon
Leon County Marker (<i>wide view from courthouse; Monroe/Jefferson intersection in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 9, 2015
3. Leon County Marker (wide view from courthouse; Monroe/Jefferson intersection in background)
County's population in 1860 was 73% African American, almost all of them slaves. Starting in 1861, all free blacks had to register with the county and pay $1 for a permit; each required a local white sponsor, who could be sued for actions of the negro, as negroes could not be sued. As was true elsewhere in the South, the value of slaves far exceeded the value of land in the county. Leon County had more slaves than any other county in Florida, and therefore it was the wealthiest county in Florida. (Submitted on April 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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