There is an area of downtown Jacksonville known as Lavilla that has sparked interest as a section of our city with great potential. I did a Wikipedia search for the community……look what I found! This is just the first few sentences you can read the rest here.
Settled by John Jones under Spanish land grant in 1801, the area remained independent until annexed to Jacksonville in 1887. During the Civil War years from 1861 until 1867, many positions in its government were held by African Americans.
La Villa District Of Jacksonville; Downtown Master Plan