Escambia County, Florida

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Escambia County is the westernmost county in the U.S. state of Florida. The 2000 population was 294,210. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 296,772.[1] Its county seat is Pensacola.[2]



Escambia County was created on July 21, 1821.[3] It was named for the Escambia River. Escambia County and St. Johns County were Florida's original two counties with the Suwannee River being the boundary between the two.[citation needed] The name "Escambia" may be derived from the Creek name "Shambia", meaning "clearwater",[4] or the Choctaw word for "cane-brake" or "reed-brake".[5]

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