Hernando County Collection

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Hernando County Collection

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Hernando County Collection


Hernando County (Fla.)


Collection of digital images, documents, and other records depicting the history of Hernando County, Florida. Series descriptions are based on special topics, the majority of which students focused their metadata entries around.

Fort DeSoto was established around 1840, just northeast of present-day Brooksville, the county seat for Hernando. Also known as Pierceville, the fort was established to protect settlers from Native American raids, but it also became a community center, trading post, and way station.

On February 27, 1843, Hernando County was established, just two years before Florida gained statehood. At the time, the county included parts of present-day Alachua County, Hillsborough County, and Orange County, as well as all of present-day Citrus County and Pasco County. The county was named after Hernando de Soto, a Spanish conquistador.

In 1844, for the count was briefly renamed Benton County in honor of Thomas Hart Benton, a Senator from Missouri who strongly supported territorial expansion and a contributor to the founding of the county. However, Benton's favorability amongst residents declined due to his opposition to the Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854, which would repeal the Missouri Compromise. The county was returned to its original name in 1850.

During the Civil War, Hernando County contributed to the Confederacy with food, cotton, and lumber. Union ships blockaded the port at Bayport, but blockade runners were able to continue their duties, for the most. In June of 1864, the Union attacked Brooksville, in what has become known as the Brooksville Raid, and then Bayport.

On January 2, 1887, the county was divided by the Florida Legislature into three new counties: Citrus County in the north, Hernando County in the middle, and Pasco County in the south.


Cepero, Nancy Lynn

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Weeki Wachee Collection, Hernando County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.






Hernando County, Florida


Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Millennium History of Hernando County. Brooksville, Fla: Hernando Today, 2000.
Stanaback, Richard J. A History of Hernando County: 1840-1976. Brooksville, Fla: Action '76 Steering Committee, 1976.

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