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  • Why Tallahassee? The Emergence of a New Capital
    April 15, 2021
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Thu., April 15 1:30 – 3 p.m. Tallahassee was established nearly 200 years ago in 1824. The United States had just acquired Florida from the Spanish, and most of the new territory’s white population was concentrated in Pensacola and St. Augustine. So why did the earliest territorial legislators choose to build a completely new capital in what was then such a remote area? How was the exact location selected? Furthermore, it’s one thing to build a group of government buildings, but how did Tallahassee grow beyond its official capacity into a thriving community? In this course, State Archives of Florida historian Dr. Josh Goodman will explore the earliest deliberations about where Florida’s capital ought to be, as well as the early history of Tallahassee’s development as a community. The program will incorporate a variety of maps, images, and other historical records from the State Archives of Florida. Virtual class on Zoom. Fee $5

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