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Blountstown

Calhoun County

Year Founded: 1903

History

The first white settlers named the town after the great Seminole, John Blount. Blount was the distinguished chief of the Seminole Indians who occupied the reservation, which once lay just east of the area. Blount had been given this Anglo-American name because it was said that he had many traits in common with William Blount of North Carolina, whom President Washington appointed superintendent of Indian affairs in 1790. When the Florida reservation was ceded to the United States by a treaty made in Tallahassee on October 11, 1832, John Blount led a delegation of Seminoles that explored the new reservation west of the Mississippi and later led the Seminole band to take up the new territory. Blountstown is the county seat.

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