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the gainesville area was originally settled by timucaun indians over a thousand years ago. in the 1600's spanish colonists raised cattle in nearby payne's prairie. in 1854 gainesville became the county seat of alachua county. originally named hogtown the town was renamed gainesville after general edmund gaines. general gaines was the u.s commander of florida during the second seminole war. gainesville was involved in two battles during the civil war. in february 1864 union troops tried to capture two supply trains in gainesville. this raid was repulsed and the raiders were defeated at the battle of olustee five days later. in august 1864 union troops occupying gainesville were attacked by the florida cavalry and were driven out of town. in 1851 the gainesville academy and the east florida seminary were established. these two insititutions along with the suwanee seminary in lake city and the bartow military academy would be merged to form the university of florida. today the university of florida dominates the economy of gainsville. for the tourist gainesville offers several interesting museums, several nearby state parks, and of course the university of florida athletic events.

edmund p. gaines (1777-1849) was a famous american general. in the early 1800's gaines surveyed routes and boundaries in the mississippi territory including parts of the natchez trace. in 1807 gaines was the commandant of fort stoddard in alabama when aaron burr was a prisoner there. in 1812 colonel gaines commanded the 25 th infantry in the battle of chrysler's farm during the war of 1812. in 1814 gaines was promoted to brigadier general and commanded fort erie in canada. general gaines fought in the black hawk, creek, and seminole indian wars. later in his career gaines was in command of the western army division during the mexican american war.

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  • Last visit to Gainesville: Sep 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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