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|Population (1994): 13,053,000 (4th in size)
State size: 58,664 square miles (22nd in size)
State Capital: Tallahassee (named from the indian word meaning "old field" or "old town")
Major cities: Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee and Tampa
Admission to union: The 27th State
Date entered the union: March 3, 1845
Origin of state name: Named from the Spanish word "Pascua Florida" meaning "Flowering Easter."
Nicknames: The Sunshine State
Bordering states: Alabama and Georgia with the Gulf of Mexico to the south west and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
State bird: Mockingbird
State flower: Orange Blossom
State tree: Cabbage Palmetto
Motto: In God We Trust
|Florida is a popular tourist
Landmarks include the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys.
|Points of interest include the Kennedy Space Center, Sea World and Disney World.|
|Florida is a major agricultural state with citrus, beef and lumber. High technology industries include aerospace and telecommunications. Tourism also plays a significant role in the economy.|
|Florida was originally settled by the Spanish as early as 1565. The British gained control of Florida in 1763, but it reverted back to Spain in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. The U.S. gained possession of Florida in 1819.|
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