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Key Facts

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Florida State Facts

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


Geographic Landmarks

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Florida is a popular tourist area.

Landmarks include the Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys.

  Florida Bridge
  Florida Coast


Points of Interest

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Points of interest include the Kennedy Space Center, Sea World and Disney World. Florida Points of Interest


Major Industries

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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.  


Historical Highlights

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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.  


Population and Culture

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Interesting Tidbits

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Links to other sites about Florida

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