by Donny Mak
on Monday, January 1st, 2001 at 1:00am.
By: Alan Aptheker
It wasn’t the town’s first name. Settled by the English who drifted down from Georgia, they set up shop around a shallow ford across the St. Johns River, calling the place “Cowford.” When Florida was ceded to the U.S. in 1819, Andrew Jackson became the first provisional governor, hence, Jacksonville.