American Territorial

History of Time Period

In 1821, Spain relinquished control of Florida and the United States sent Andrew Jackson to be the military Governor. Tallahassee was deserted at that time, but after two years of crossing the wasteland of North Florida from Pensacola to St. Augustine and back again to conduct affairs of state, it was decreed that a central location be found for the capital of the new territory. The commissioners decided on the beautiful spot with rolling hills and fertile land which is now Tallahassee, and the first settlers arrived April 9, 1824.

Accounts of Tallahassee in those early years were wild and wooly. It is said that the yellow fever epidemic of 1841 helped clean up the town, and Francis Eppes, the first Mayor did the rest. The many families bringing great names with histories of fame and fortune became the leaders and law and order prevailed. More people came from far and wide and the new capital grew. Tallahassee flourished with plantations, schools, banks, merchants, transportation, and legislators. . . . Thus began a very long lasting love affair.

AT Krewe Chief- Randee Eastman

Randee Eastman and her husband Michael enjoy volunteering in the community as members of Springtime and American Territorial Krewe. They are both Tallahassee natives. Randee graduated from Lincoln High School while Michael is a Leon High graduate.

Sparks flew when the two met at the City of Tallahassee Fire Department where Randee works in administration and Michael is a Lieutenant / Paramedic. They have been married for seven years and have two children. Their son served as Mr. Springtime 2017 and currently attends Florida State University. Their daughter began as a member of the Jr. Belles and Gents and since beginning Chiles High this year, became a member of the Sr. Belles and Gents.