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Pensacola's long history, its proximity to the Gulf and its status as home to the first US Navy air station in the country still influence the town's economy and lifestyle today. Tourism is a major draw to the area, as visitors come to enjoy the long beaches and the many hotels, shops and restaurants of the seaside section of town. Tourists also comes to Pensacola to view the many museums and historical sites that document the area's rich past. Archeological excavation has uncovered evidence that the area was occupied by indigenous people with an advanced culture prior to European settlement. Later, as a territory controlled at different times by five rulers, including the Spanish, French, British, Confederate and United States governments, Pensacola earned the name of "The City of Five Flags."



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Located in the far west of the Florida panhandle, Pensacola runs along the white sand beaches of Escambia and Pensacola bays. The area contains a number of homes listed on the National Registry of Historic Places but also a sprinkling of modern structures that can only be described as futuristic in their styling. As might be expected in an area so near the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, several of Pensacola's beach homes are valued in the millions of dollars. Head just a little ways inland, however, and you'll find many reasonably priced homes are available to buyers who wish to make this beautiful and historic town their home.
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