The Great Fire of 1901 started in La Villa, but the neighborhood was largely spared, while the fire ravaged downtown.
Over the next several decades La Villa saw the growth of a burgeoning music and entertainment scene, and many nationally renowned artists came to play at the local clubs on and off Ashely Street that catered to black audiences.
There are four municipalities within Duval County that are outside of Jacksonville's city limits: Baldwin, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach.
The latter three communities, all located on a coastal barrier island, form part of the area known as the Jacksonville Beaches, together with Mayport within the Jacksonville city limits and Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Jacksonville consolidated with Duval County in 1968; as such its city limits largely match the county borders.
Additionally, the Jacksonville Beaches designates the group of towns and communities along the Atlantic coast.
Johns River known as Wacca Pilatka to the Seminole and as the Cow Ford to the British.The town was occupied by Union troops for much of the American Civil War, and steady growth came after the war's end, when it became one of Florida's first major tourist designations.In 1887 Jacksonville annexed several surrounding suburbs.Union troops were based in the area during the American Civil War.Along with five other suburbs, it was annexed by Jacksonville when the city limits expanded in 1887.Nearly all of downtown burned in the Great Fire of 1901; however a significant building boom followed immediately after.