Africans were a large part of Pensacola history from Spain’s earliest occupation. Brought to our area by numerous empirical powers as slaves, it was their labor that built much of the city, including military fortifications, communities and the cotton plantations that formed the foundation of the 18th-century British period and early American expansion. At that time, African-American slaves made up 50 percent of Florida’s population. Pensacola’s Creole population rose as people from Africa, France, Spain and native Indian tribes mingled and intermarried. Today, we celebrate our rich African-American culture and heritage with a rich tapestry of music, food and festivities.
Immigrants from around the globe have added their influences – Greek, Italian, Irish, Scottish, Asian, Japanese and Indian. Today, visitors relish exploring our rich and diverse heritage, culture, art, music, cuisine and spirituality through year-round art shows, concerts, parades and festivals. Pensacola also offers a multitude of museums, sites and attractions that showcase our multicultural history.