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The area of the modern city of Jacksonville has been inhabited for thousands of years.
On Black Hammock Island in the national Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, a University of North Florida team discovered some of the oldest remnants of pottery in the United States, dating to 2500 BC.
Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics.
As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf.
Though no battles were fought in Jacksonville proper, the city changed hands several times between Union and Confederate forces.They named the town Jacksonville, after Andrew Jackson. Hart, residents wrote a charter for a town government, which was approved by the Florida Legislative Council on February 9, 1832.During the American Civil War, Jacksonville was a key supply point for hogs and cattle being shipped from Florida to feed the Confederate forces.Under British rule, settlement grew at the narrow point in the river where cattle crossed, known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and the Cow Ford to the British.A platted town was established there in 1822, a year after the United States gained Florida from Spain; it was named after Andrew Jackson, the first military governor of the Florida Territory and seventh President of the United States.