A Walk Through Plaza Ferdinand VII
Located in the historic district of Pensacola, Plaza Ferdinand VII was named for the King of Spain during the early 1800s. It was during this time that Spain had control of the city until 1821. During that year the ceremonial transfer of ownership of Florida from Spain to the United States took place right here in this plaza.
It was on this site that on July 17, 1821 that Andrew Jackson was sworn in as Territorial Governor. During the ceremony the Spanish flag was lowered while an American flag was raised. Jackson gave an informative speech to the people of the community and declared that Pensacola was now a part of the Florida Territory while naming it the capital. Thus this park has been a place that is noted for its historical significance in regards to the admission of the Florida Territory to a part of the United States.
A promoter of Pensacola, politician and railroad executive, William Dudley Chipley has been honored in a memorial for his contribution to the city.
As all of these locations are in Plaza Ferdinand, there is much to see in the downtown area of Pensacola.
Violet Sky’s Visit
One thing I always love about Southern towns is the beautiful oak trees that fill these historic parks. Plaza Ferdinand has some gorgeous trees that really stand out in this park. I also really enjoyed learning about the statues that depict the significant history that has taken place at the site.
How to Visit
The park is located in downtown Pensacola. It is located about between Government Street and Zarragossa Street. The plaza is free to visit and makes for a wonderful place to explore.
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