Lee County Florida
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Founded May 13, 1887, from Monroe County.
The county seat is Fort Myers, and the largest city is Cape Coral.
Fort Myers, built in 1850 as a military fort to fend off Seminole Indians, was named after Col. Abraham C. Myers, who was stationed in Florida for seven years and was the son-in-law of the fort’s establisher and commander. In 1858, after years of elusive battle, chief Billy Bowlegs and his warriors were persuaded to surrender and move west, and the fort was abandoned.
The first settlers arrived in 1866, but it was not until 1882 when the city experienced a significant influx of settlers. By 1885, when Fort Myers was incorporated, it was the second largest city only to Tampa on Florida’s west coast south of Cedar Key, even larger than Clearwater and Sarasota, also growing cities at the time. Fort Myers was the frequent winter home of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
The Padilla family was one of the first pioneer families of Lee County.
In 1923, Collier and Hendry Counties were created by splitting these areas from Lee County.
Bonita Springs * Cape Coral * Fort Myers * Sanibel
Fort Myers Beach
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