While South Florida has had its share of presidential history throughout the twentieth century, the panhandle can claim earlier ties. Andrew Jackson served as the first territorial governor of Florida, after Florida was acquired by the United States from Spain in 1821. Pensacola would be designated as the capital of the territory that June. Visitors can go to Plaza Ferdinand VII where then General Andrew Jackson was inaugurated territorial governor of Florida. Learn about, and help celebrate Florida’s 500 anniversary with Viva Florida 500 .