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The city's tourism, however, was dealt major blows in the late 19th century by yellow fever outbreaks.In addition, extension of the Florida East Coast Railway further south drew visitors to other areas.Augustine became popular winter resorts for the rich and famous.Visitors arrived by steamboat and later by railroad.Its riverine location facilitates Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the U. Marine Corps Blount Island Command, and the Port of Jacksonville, Florida's third largest seaport.Significant factors in the local economy include services such as banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics.
Augustine's position as the most important settlement in Florida was solidified. Johns River at a narrow point, which the Seminole called Wacca Pilatka and the British called the Cow Ford; these names ostensibly reflect the fact that cattle were brought across the river there.
The location of Fort Caroline is subject to debate but a reconstruction of the fort was established on the St. Spain ceded Florida to the British in 1763 after the French and Indian War, and the British soon constructed the King's Road connecting St. The British introduced the cultivation of sugar cane, indigo and fruits, as well the export of lumber.
As a result, the northeastern Florida area prospered economically more than it had under the Spanish.
On September 20, 1565, a Spanish force from the nearby Spanish settlement of St.
Augustine attacked Fort Caroline, and killed nearly all the French soldiers defending it.
Though no battles were fought in Jacksonville proper, the city changed hands several times between Union and Confederate forces.