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Florida CountiesIn 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.
Columbia County, Florida
Columbia County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Christopher Columbus. Columbia is a New Latin neologism, based on the surname of the discoverer Christopher Columbus.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Columbia County was established on February 04, 1832 from a portion of Alachua County, as the fifteenth county in
Florida. Columbia County was named in the honor of Christopher Columbus. In 1858 Suwannee County was cut from a portion
of Columbia County. The County Seat for Columbia County, is Lake City, Florida. Lake City was once the location of a
large village established by none other than the famous explorer, Hernando DeSoto. The area now known as Lake City, was
in the early days known as Halpata Telofa, which may have come from the name of a chief of an Indian Village that was
also, at one time, found in the area known today as Lake City. The chief's name was Halpatter Tustenuggee, said to mean
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 801 square miles (2,075 kmē), of which, 797
square miles (2,064 kmē) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 kmē) of it (0.50%) is water.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"