Leon County was originally part of Escambia and later Gadsden County, Leon County was created in 1824. It was named for Juan Ponce de León, the Spanish explorer who was the first European to reach Florida. During the 1850s - 1860s, Leon County was a "cotton kingdom" and ranked 5th out of all of Florida and Georgia counties in the production of cotton from the 20 major plantations. Unlike all other Confederate capitols in the Civil War, Tallahassee was never captured by the Union forces, and no Union Soldiers set foot in Leon County until Reconstruction. 

Leon County is bordered on the north by Grady County, Georgia and Thomas County, Georgia on the northeast.  Jefferson County, Florida is on the east, Wakulla on the south with Gadsden and Liberty Counties to the west.




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