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Name our new town.
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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