Posted: Jun 23, 2017 8:08 pm
by laklak
I did a bit of research on why there are two Escambia counties, but no real explanation. The first two counties in Florida were Escambia and St. John's, created and named when the U.S. bought East and West Florida from Spain in 1821. There were only two counties that covered the entire state, the border between them was the Suwannee river. The Panhandle and Big Bend areas were Escambia, and the rest of the state from Jacksonville to the Keys was St. John's. These were broken up into multiple counties over time.

Escambia County Alabama was only created after the Civil War, in 1868, from parts of Conecuh and Baldwin counties. "Escambia" is derived from either the Creek word "shambia", meaning "clear water", or from the Choctaw word for "cane brake" or reed brake". In any case, Florida did it first, so neener neener Alabama.

So I'm no wiser about why there are two identically named counties that border each other in two states, but I learned some interesting shit anyways.