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A Capital Known As Old Fields

The capital of Florida is Tallahassee. The name Tallahassee is a Muskogean Indian word that means “old fields”. It was chosen as the capital due to its location equidistant from St. Augustine and Pensacola. In 1845 a Greek revival masonry structure was chosen to be the Capitol building. Today the “Old Capitol” stands in front of the Capitol high-rise building that was built in the 1970s.

At one time Tallahassee was the center of the slave trade in Florida and it was the capital of the Cotton Belt. During the American Civil War, the city was the only Confederate state east of the Mississippi that wasn’t captured by Union forces. During the 19th century, Florida State University made this a university town.

When the high-rise Capitol building was finished in 1977 at 23-stories high it became the third-tallest state capitol building in the U.S. The Old Capitol was made into a museum.

Today visitors to Tallahassee come to see the Capitol Tower and the 22nd-floor observation deck among other known tourist attractions.


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