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Cocoa is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. The population was 16,412 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 16,898. The city has a total area of 24.7 square kilometers. 19.3 square kilometers of it is land and 5.3 square kilometers of it is water.
The city was founded by fishermen very early in Florida's history. An authentic, historical account states that the first families arrived in Cocoa around 1860. A post office was established at Magnolia Point two miles north and the first commercial building in Cocoa was erected in 1881 or 1882. First plats of the new settlement were made in 1882 under the name Indian River City on land owned by Captain R. A. Hardee. The name Indian River City was unacceptable to the U.S. Postal authorities who claimed it was too long for use on a postmark.
The history of the City of Cocoa is rich, from the exciting Cocoa Playhouse to Riverside Drive and its old Florida mansions and the turn-of-the-century elegant and classic example of Florida architecture.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Cocoa enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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