Pensacola (/ˌpɛnsəˈkoʊlə/) is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the county seat of Escambia County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 51,923, down from 56,255 at the 2000 census. Pensacola is the principal city of the Pensacola metropolitan area, which had an estimated 461,227 residents in 2012. Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay, which is protected by the barrier island of Santa Rosa and connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Naval Air Station, the first in the United States, is located southwest of Pensacola near Warrington; it is the base of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Naval Aviation Museum. The main campus of the University of West Florida is situated north of the city center. The area was originally inhabited by Muskogean peoples. The Pensacola people lived there at the time of European contact, and Creek people frequently visited and traded from present-day southern Alabama. Spanish explorer Tristán de Luna founded a short-lived settlement in 1559. In 1698 the Spanish established a presidio in the area, from which the modern city gradually developed. The area changed hands several times as European powers competed in North America. During Florida's British rule (1763–1789), fortifications were strengthened. It is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags", due to the five governments that have ruled it during its history: the flags of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Other nicknames include "World's Whitest Beaches" (due to the white sand of Florida panhandle beaches), "Cradle of Naval Aviation", "Western Gate to the Sunshine State", "America's First Settlement", "Emerald Coast", "Redneck Riviera", "Red Snapper Capital of the World", and "P-Cola". Wikipedia
As if a sandy pin surfacing out of the azure waters of Florida, Pensacola’s physical characteristics are a major draw themselves. Bequeathing you with the quintessential Floridian sojourn, complete with eclectic beaches, some Spanish accents, and an unanticipated military culture! The Pensacola tourism FL has prime focus on promoting the culture of this place. Thus, expect a lot of good food; read scrumptious fried seafood and some signature craft cocktails. On the attractions front, points of interest with military significance dominate the scene. So, a visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Naval Air Station, and the Veterans Memorial Park is a must. To catch a mesmerizing sunset head to the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. For a trip down history visit Fort Barrancas, The Graffiti Bridge, and the North Hill Historic Homes.
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