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Discover America

( The Sunshine State / Peninsula State )
Florida Map Florida was named by the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Le?n in 1513. He called the region "La Florida", roughly translated as Land of the Flowers. He probably chose this name because he was impressed by the many colorful flowers and because he sighted it on Easter, which is called "Pascua Florida" in Spanish. Ponce de Leon, in search of the elusive fountain of youth, was the first European to explore Florida. Statehood for Florida came in 1845 (27th state). St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish in 1565, is the oldest permanent European settlement in the continental United States. Florida is one of the leading tourist states in the United States. Great stretches of sandy beaches and a warm, sunny climate make Florida a year-round vacationland. People enjoy swimming, fishing and water skiing in the inland and coastal waters. Major attractions include Disney World, Miami Beach, the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys. Tourists may also visit historic sites that date back to the Spanish explorers. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Florida include: Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Jim Morrison, Faye Dunaway,

The Flag of Florida
Florida state flag Entered the Union in 1845 as the 27th State; flag adopted in 1900, modified in 1985. The cross derives from the Confederate Battle Flag. The State seal shows a Seminole woman, a steamboat, and the State tree.

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Jacksonville, 735,617; Miami, 362,470; Tampa, 303,447; St. Petersburg, 248,232; Hialeah, 226,419; Orlando, 185,951; Fort Lauderdale, 152,397; Tallahassee, 150,624; Hollywood, 139,357; Pembroke Pines, 137,427
Business and Trade in Florida
Agriculture: Citrus, vegetables, nursery stock, cattle, sugarcane, dairy products.

Industries: Tourism, electric equipment, food processing, printing and publishing, transportation equipment, machinery.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Flower: Orange blossom (citrus sinensis)
  • Tree: Sabal Palmetto (cabbage palmetto)
  • Song(s): Suwannee River
  • Motto: In God We Trust

Florida Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Canaveral National Seashore - Titusville
Museum of Science and History - Jacksonville
Key West National Wildlife Refuge - Big Pine Key
Florida International University - Miami
Big Cypress National Preserve - Ochopee
capital  Capital: Tallahassee

statehood  Statehood: 1845-03-03

population  Population:
15,982,378 (296.4 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 65,754.59
    Water 11,827.77
    Land 53,926.82
    Rank 26th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University

border states   Border States: Alabama, Georgia

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Florida, there are 7,302,947 housing units, averaging to 135.4 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
    Orlando Magazine
    Coastal Living
    Tampa Bay Magazine
    Boating World
Posters and Artwork
Alligator Swimming in a River, Florida, USA
Alligator Swimming in a River, Florida, USA
Photographic Print 36" x 12"

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