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Lee County is located in southwest Florida on the Gulf Coast. As of the census , the population was , Lee County was created in from Monroe County. After Florida became a U. Fort Myers was built in as a military fort to fend off Seminole Indians during the Seminole Wars. The fort was named after Col. Myers, who was stationed in Florida for seven years and was the son-in-law of the fort's establisher and commander. In , after years of elusive battle, Chief Billy Bowlegs and his warriors were persuaded to surrender and move west,  and the fort was abandoned.
Billy's Creek, which flows into the Caloosahatchee River, was named after a temporary camp where Billy Bowlegs and his men awaited ships to take them west. In , the fort was reoccupied by federal troops during the Civil War.
In , in the Battle of Fort Myers , the fort was attacked by a small group of Confederates. The Union's garrison, led by Captain James Doyle, successfully held the fort and the Confederate forces retreated. After the war, the fort was again deserted.
The first settlers in Fort Myers arrived in In the s, Tervio Padilla, a wealthy merchant from the Canary Islands, came by way of Key West to Cayo Costa and established trade with natives and "ranchos" that extended northward to Charlotte Harbor.
His ships often made port at Cayo Costa at the entrance to the harbor. Enchanted by the tropical island, he eventually decided to settle there. Padilla prospered until the outbreak of the Spanish—American War, when his fleet was burned and scuttled. He then turned to another means of livelihood — fishing. When the government claimed his land, he was disinclined to set up another ranch, so moved with his wife further down the island and as before, simply homesteaded.
The Padilla family is one of the first pioneer families of Lee County and many still reside within the county mainly around the Pine Island area. In , the city experienced a significant influx of settlers. By , when Fort Myers was incorporated, [ verification needed ] its population of residents made it 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. The city of Fort Myers was incorporated in Lee , Confederate general in the American Civil War.
Construction of the Tamiami Trail Bridge, built across the Caloosahatchee River in , sparked the city's growth. After the bridge's construction, the city experienced its first real estate boom and many subdivisions sprouted around the city. Lee County has been the host to several Major League Baseball teams for spring training over the past several decades.
According to the U. Lee County is on the southwest coast of Florida. On August 13, , the county was struck by Hurricane Charley , a category 4 storm, particularly on the northwestern islands of Captiva , Gasparilla , and North Captiva.
Of the , households, The average household size was 2. In the county, the population was distributed as The median age was For every females, there were For every females age 18 and over, there were Of foreign-born residents, As of , Lee County's stronger economic sectors include construction, retail, leisure, and hospitality. The several colleges in Lee County include: The university belongs to the campus State University System of Florida.
The school is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's , 51 different types of bachelor's , 29 different master's , and six types of doctoral degrees.
The Lee County Library System has 13 branches. As of July 31, A small port operation continues in Boca Grande , being used as a way-point for oil distribution.
However, Port Boca Grande has been in decline for many years as the shipping industry has moved north, especially to the Port of Tampa.
Another ferry service is offered from Fort Myers to Key West. Pages in category "Wikipedia requested photographs in Lee County, Florida" The following 23 pages are in this category, out of 23 total. Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Talk: Cape Coral High School Talk: Florida State Road Galt Island Florida Talk: Galt Island Archeological District Talk: Gulf Coast Medical Center. La Costa Island Talk: Mound Key Archaeological State Park.
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