Ferdinand Sannoner

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  • Name our new town.
  • Florence!
  • General John Coffee, a partner in the Cypress Land Company with future U.S. president Andrew Jackson, commissioned Italian engineer Ferdinand Sannoner to survey the land in 1818.
  • Coffee was so pleased with Sannoner's work that he asked the surveyor to name the town; he chose Florence, his home in Italy.
  • Sold! To the man in the abnormally short shorts!
  • The city of Florence was established on March 12, 1818, and immediately took its place as the county seat, but it was not incorporated officially until nearly a decade later in 1826.
  • Although the city did become an industrial, agricultural, and commercial center, it did not flourish to the extent the founders in the Cypress Land Company had anticipated.
  • The first land sale to the public was held in July 1818, with another sale in 1823; records show that 180 people acquired lots after the two sales.
  • The city attracted people because they believed that its elevation helped ensure against some diseases that occurred in lower elevations along the river.
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