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In 1821, there were only two Counties in Florida: Escambia to the west and St. Johns to the east. From these two Counties were formed 67 today.In 1968, the electors of Florida granted local voters the power to adopt charters to govern their counties. Charters are formal written documents that confer powers, duties, or privileges on the county. To date, there are 19 charter Counties in Florida. Collectively these Counties are home to more than 75 percent of Florida's residents.
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Glades County, Florida

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Glades County is a county located in the state of Florida. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,884. Its county seat is Moore Haven.

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Indigenous people lived in this area for thousands of years. Due to warfare and exposure to infectious diseases after European contact, native tribes became depopulated. In the eighteenth century, when the area was under Spanish rule, Native American peoples of Creek and other tribes migrated into present-day Florida from Georgia. Africans and African Americans who escaped from slavery and shipwrecks also migrated to the area, where they created maroon communities. Some were given freedom by the Spanish in exchange for serving with their militias. Gradually the Seminole nation formed out of these multi-ethnic people. Some African-descended people set up communities near the Seminole and became known as Black Seminole. In the nineteenth century, most of the Seminole and many blacks were removed to Indian Territory after the Seminole Wars, a result of pressure from increasing Anglo-American settlement.

Glades County was formed in 1921 from Desoto and named for the Everglades it borders. The county seat is Moore Haven.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 986 square miles (2,555 km2), of which, 774 square miles (2,004 km2) of it is land and 213 square miles (551 km2) of it (21.57%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Okeechobee County
  • South: Hendry County
  • Southwest: Lee County
  • West: Charlotte County
  • Northwest: DeSoto County; Highlands County


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