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The Sea Islands, Amelia is the southernmost island.


Amelia Island is one of the southernmost of the Sea Islands, a chain of barrier islands that stretches along the east coast of the United Statesmarker from South Carolinamarker to Floridamarker. It is long and approximately 4 miles (6 km) wide at its widest point. Amelia Island is situated south of Cumberland Island, Georgiamarker, off the coast of Florida in Nassau Countymarker. Fernandina Beachmarker and Amelia Citymarker are both located on the island. Down Town Amelia Island is a very old part of the Island.

It is host to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, the Amelia Island Jazz Festival, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Amelia Island Film Festival, and the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Amelia Island was the main filming location for the 2002 John Sayles directed film Sunshine State.

History

Known as the "Isle of Eight Flags", it has had the following flags flown over it since 1562: Francemarker, Spainmarker, Great Britainmarker, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexicomarker, the Confederate States of America, and the United Statesmarker. In colonial history, it became known for an episode called the Amelia Island Affair. Amelia Island was the final location of Santa Catalina de Guale, the main mission of Spanish Florida to the Guale chiefdom.

References

  1. http://www.fernandinabeachfl.org/additionalinfo/history.html fernandinabeachfl.org


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