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A major military and civilian deep-water port, the city's riverine location supports two United States Navy bases and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport.
Jacksonville serves as headquarters for various banking, insurance, healthcare, logistics, and other institutions.
Johns River in 1562 calling it the River of May because he discovered it in May.
Ribault erected a stone column near present-day Jacksonville claiming the newly discovered land for France.
They soon 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.
However, Union forces captured a Confederate position at the Battle of St.
Johns Bluff leading to the Union occupation of Jacksonville in 1862.
These include CSX Corporation, Fidelity National Financial, FIS, Landstar System, Ameris Bancorp, Atlantic Coast Financial, Black Knight Financial Services, Ever Bank, Rayonier Advanced Materials, Regency Centers, Stein Mart, Web.com, Fanatics, Gate Petroleum, Haskell Company, Interline Brands, Sally Corporation, and Southeastern Grocers.
Jacksonville is also home to several colleges and universities, including University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and Florida State College at Jacksonville.The area of the modern city of Jacksonville has been inhabited for thousands of years.