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Though no battles were fought in Jacksonville proper, the city changed hands several times between Union and Confederate forces.In the Skirmish of the Brick Church in 1862, Confederates won their first victory in the state. In February 1864 Union forces left Jacksonville and confronted a Confederate Army at the Battle of Olustee, going down to defeat.
They named the town Jacksonville, after Andrew Jackson. Hart, residents wrote a charter for a town government, which was approved by the Florida Legislative Council on February 9, 1832.As with much of Florida, tourism is also important to the Jacksonville area, particularly tourism related to golf.The area of the modern city of Jacksonville has been inhabited for thousands of years.Ribault erected a stone column at his landing site near the river's mouth, claiming the newly discovered land for France.In 1564, René Goulaine de Laudonnière established the first European settlement, Fort Caroline, on the St. Philip II of Spain ordered Pedro Menéndez de Avilés to protect the interest of Spain by attacking the French presence at Fort Caroline.