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by Wildcat Dianne
September 27, 2008
Mom and I walked through the Seville Quarter, a tiny part of Government Street in Downtown Pensacola that is home to several restaurants, shops, and bars in several of Pensacola's oldest buildings. Mom and I enjoyed looking at the cast-iron balconies and brick facades of the buildings that are reminiscent of many buildings in Spain.
After seeing Seville Quarter, Mom and I hit Seville Square, which has a colorful history dating from its first settlement in 1752 when survivors of a hurricane on Santa Rosa Island settled the Seville Square area after their homes on the island were destroyed. Most of the settlers of Seville Square built a fortified outpost and were of French and Spanish descent and the area became known as San Miquel.
After the French were defeated by the British in 1763 in the Seven Years War (or French and Indian War), the British settled in Pensacola and West Florida and occupied the stockade in the area, and the the old town square was constructed by the British in 1764 to include an open commons area and street system that were laid out in right angles to each other.
In 1815, the Spanish recaptured Pensacola and Seville Square but maintained the British design of Seville Square and its surroundings but changed the English street names to Spanish names that remain there today. Seville Square was designated a park in 1814 and during the 1960's, the park at Seville Square underwent a huge reconstruction that has allowed locals and tourists enjoy the park and its festivals today and for many years to come.
From journal Autumn in Pensacola: Seafood, Politics, and History
by Emily May
September 22, 2006
From journal Sandy Beach in Florida