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||Tallahassee - History - Historical Information - Leon County
||Leon County, originally part of both Escambia County and
Jackson County, and later a part of Gadsden County, was
created by the Territorial Legislature December 29, 1824
as the seventh county in the State of Florida. Named for
Ponce De Leon, Leon County was one of the most populous and
prosperous counties in ante-bellum Florida.
Tallahassee, named for the "old fields" that it once
encompassed, earned the title early in the 16th century
from the Apalachee Indians who inhabited the area. Legend
says that the final spelling was chosen by Octavia Walton,
daughter of the territorial governor of Florida. Today,
Tallahassee exemplifies not only the influence of the
Indian, but also that of the Spanish, French and English
who occupied the area in succession.
The City of Tallahassee, the county seat and only
incorporated city in Leon County, was incorporated on Dec.
9, 1825, following a decision by the legislature to locate
the capital of the new Florida Territory midway between the
population centers of St. Augustine and Pensacola.