Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida on the east coast of USA. It is situated on the St. Johns River about 20 kms upstream from the Atlantic Ocean. Jacksonville was originally settled 6000 years ago by the Timucua Indians with European explorers arriving in 1562. After the civil war it became a popular winter resort for the rich and famous with visitors arriving by steamboat and railroad.
Today Jacksonville is home to many prominent corporations and organizations; its location on the St. Johns River and Atlantic Ocean an important growth factor for the city and its industry. It offers tourists numerous indoor and outdoor attractions including the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.