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Jacksonville Chapter

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

Jacksonville, Florida

Organized April 2, 1895

The "Jacksonville" Chapter is known as the "Mother Chapter of Florida."
  All chapters in Florida have either grown directly from this chapter or from her offspring.
  The Chapter was named in honor of the city named after General Andrew Jackson, Florida's first provisional governor.




Jacksonville Sykline

    On May 1, 1562, almost a half century after Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain, Frenchman Jean Ribault sailed into waters he called the River of May (now called the St. Johns River) to establish a refuge for French Huguenots.

    In 1763, a 20-year period of British ownership began. The British moved to develop plantations and build a road from Savannah to St. Augustine.

    A second Spanish period lasted from 1783 to 1821, the year Spain ceded the Floridas (the peninsula was divided into East and West colonies) to the United States and Americans quickly moved into the new territory.

    By the eve of the Civil War, industry, such as area lumber mills, had made Jacksonville a growing city. The town was deserted and burned several times during the war, but within two decades would become one of the nation's top winter tourist resorts, sporting many grand hotels.

    During the latter part of the 19th century, Jacksonville experienced a major yellow fever epidemic and the southward move of the railroad. In 1901, most of the core city burned down. However, within a decade after the Great Fire, Jacksonville had rebuilt itself into a bustling metropolis and the state's banking center.

    After World War II, Jacksonville became the home of several  U.S. Navy bases and attracted new businesses such as the insurance industry.

       Located at the crossroads of two transcontinental highways, Jacksonville is recognized today as one of the nation's largest cities in land area (841 square miles), a major port, a financial center of Florida, the site of  several Navy bases, and home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars.  The city also boasts a Mayo Clinic medical center,  the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens,  many beautiful beaches and waterways, and over 700,000 residents.



The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded on
October 11, 1890. It is a service organization dedicated to service to the Nation.

The DAR Motto
 God, Home, Country.


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