Lee County was created in 1887 from Monroe County. It was named for Robert E. Lee, general in the American Civil War.
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Lee County, Florida
Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. The population estimate for July 1, 2006 was 571,344. Its county seat is Fort Myers.
Florida is known for it's forts - Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, etc. This dates back to the era of the Civil War when the Southern states held many forts, including Fort Myers & Fort Worth.