Florida History, Geography, Population, State Facts

The Sunshine State

Great Seal of the State of Florida

Adopted on May 25, 1861; Revised 1985.


In 1985, Secretary of State George Firestone presented the revised Great Seal of the State of Florida to the Governor and the Cabinet. The previous State Seal had several errors which were corrected in in the 1985 Seal. This revised Seal has a Seminole Indian woman rather than a Western Plains Indian, the steamboat is more accurate, and the cocoa palm has been changed to a sabal palm as the Legislature prescribed in 1970.

In 1513, Ponce de León, seeking the mythical “Fountain of Youth,” discovered and named Florida, claiming it for Spain. Later, Florida would be held at different times by Spain and England until Spain finally sold it to the United States in 1819. (Incidentally, France established a colony named Fort Caroline in 1564 in the state that was to become Florida.)

Florida's history in the early 19th century was marked by wars with the Seminole Indians, which did not end until 1842.

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Capital City: Tallahassee

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Florida: State of Florida Official Web Site

Admission to Statehood: Click for Date & List

Airports: Florida Airports MapAirport Links

Amtrak: South

Area: 65758 sq.mi, 22th   Land 53997 sq. mi., 26th   Water 11761 sq.mi., 3rd   Coastline 1350 mi., 2nd   Shoreline 8,426mi., 2nd

Area Codes: Florida

Biographies: Famous People from Florida

Bird:  Mocking Bird

Border States: Regional List  • Alabama •  Georgia

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Climate: Florida

Community Pages: Florida Cities, Towns, Communities List

Constitution: 27th State

County Profile: County Map   67 Counties

Courts: Judicial System

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Department of: Education | Certification | Florida State University | University of Florida

Driving: DHS&MV

Economy: Agriculture: Citrus, vegetables, nursery stock, cattle, sugarcane, dairy products. Industry: Tourism, electric equipment, food processing, printing and publishing, transportation equipment, machinery.

Flag: Florida (FL)

Flower: Orange blossom   Citrus sinensis

Cyndi's List   Historical Societies

Geographic Center: Hernando, 12 miles northnorthwest of Brooksville

Geology Maps: Florida

Ghost Towns: Ghost Towns

Governor: Office of Governor

Highest Point: Britton Hill; 345 feet, 50th

Highways: Florida Highways

History: History Timeline

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Kids Corner: State of Florida Kids Site

Library: Florida

License Plates: Florida

Lighthouses:  Alligator Reef Amelia IslandAmerican Shoal Boca Grande Rear Range (Gasparilla Island)Cape CanaveralCape FloridaCarysfort Reef Faro BlancoGarden KeyHillsboro Inlet Jupiter InletKey WestLoggerhead Key PensacolaPonce InletPort Boca Grande (Gasparilla Island)Rebecca ShoalSand KeySanibel IslandSombrero KeySt. AugustineSt. John's River

Lottery: Florida

Lowest Point: Atlantic & Gulf coasts; Sealevel, 3rd


Media: RadioTV

Motto: In God We Trust

Museums The Virtual Library

National Forest: Florida

Name: Florida named on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leonfor Pascua Florida, meaning "Flowery Easter". 

Population: Quick facts   15,982,378; 4th, 12/00

Real Estate: Every Florida City, Town & Community

Representatives: Florida House: Members  • Florida Senate: Members  • US House:   110th Congress •  US Senate:   110th Congress

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School Directory: Florida

Soil: Florida - Myakka

Song: Florida  • 

Sports: Florida Teams

State Parks: Florida

Symbols: Florida Symbols | State Symbols of Florida

Tourism: www.flausa.com

Travel: Florida Travel

Tree:  Cabbage Palmetto   Sabal palmetto  

Veteran Affairs: Florida VA

Visitor Guides: Florida - Visit Florida.

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