Statehood / Establishing the Capitol
After Florida became a territory of the United States in 1822, both St. Augustine and Pensacola competed to become the Capital. In that era, most of Florida’s population resided in north Florida as peninsular south Florida was remote wilderness. Unable to come to an agreement, it was decided to locate the Capital at a point between the two cities. Tallahassee’s beauty attracted the search party and in 1824 the City of Tallahassee was created with a log cabin as the first Capitol. Visit the Historic Capitol of Florida with its signature candy-stripped awnings, originally built in 1845, for the story of Florida’s state government, and then check out the 22nd floor of the Capitol for today’s magnificent panoramic view of Florida’s Capital City.