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The ‘Panzacola’ people, who spoke Muskogean and were related to the Mississippi Culture, inhabited the western most portion of what would eventually become the Florida Panhandle at the moment of European Contact. “Panzacola” means “long-hared people” or “hair people.” The point of first contact between the old and new worlds in this portion of North America could have been the Narvaez expedition of 1528. However, the Spanish presidio, which would eventually become the city of Pensacola, would not be established until 1698.
Pensacola has often been referred to as “The City of Five Flags” due to the fact that over its relatively long history, it has been ruled over by five different governments: first by Spain (Castile), then by France, Great Britain, the United States of America, the Confederate States of America, and now once more under the United States of America again.
Modern day Pensacola, according to a 2010 US census bureau estimate, has a population of 51,923 people. The Pensacolan metropolitan area, on the other hand, was estimated to have a population of 461,227 people.
Pensacola is considered “The Cradle of Naval Aviation.” In fact, the city was (and continues to be) the site for the first Naval Air Station commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1914: Naval Air Station Pensacola (NASP). NASP is “best known as the initial primary training base for all Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard aviators, and Naval Flight Officers, the advanced training base for most Naval Flight Officers, the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI), and as the home base” for the Blue Angels.
The Blue Angels, whose official name is the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, are a precision-flying team. Established in 1946, the Blue Angels contain aviators from both the Navy and the Marines. Their six demonstration pilots fly the F/A-18 Hornet in more than 70 shows at 34 locations across the country each year. Annually, an estimated 11 million spectators witness these Blue Angels demonstrations.
Pensacola is also the home of the National Naval Aviation Museum, which was established in 1962. This museum’s mission is to educate the American populace on the history of naval aviation, “including that of the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Coast Guard. More than 150 aircraft and spacecraft are on display.”
Pensacola also serves as the home of the University of West Florida, which was established in 1962. This research university serves 12,627 students and has a $55.9 million endowment. The university employs 374 academic staff. The University of West Florida’s mascots are the Argonauts.
As for professional sport franchises, Pensacola is home to three minor league teams. They are the Southern Professional Hockey League’s Pensacola Ice Flyers, who play in Pensacola Bay Center, and have one regular season title and two playoff championships to their names. Women’s Spring Football League’s Gulf Coast Riptide play their home games at Escambia High School. The Riptide have 8 division titles to their name. The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, who are a Double-A affiliate of MLB’s Cincinnati Reds, play their home games at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The Blue Wahoos have two league titles to their name.
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