Fort Myers is located in the southwestern part of the state of Florida and a city and seat of Lee County and sits on Caloosahatchee River's broad estuary that is in the southeastern side of the town of Tampa. Cape Coral is in the southwestern, opposite to Caloosahatchee's bay. The area where the present-day Fort Myers was initially inhabited by the Native American Calusa Indians but was then replaced by the Seminoles in the 19th century. A fort was later built in 1849 and was subsequently named after Colonel Abraham C. Myers, but was then used in the campaign against the Seminoles. In 1858, the fort was abandoned during the American Civil War that was later occupied by the Union forces and was then left by the military for good after the war. The community was laid out and was officially named Myers in 1876. The residents have continued to use the original name, which was then eventually restored in 1901.
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