Florida State of America

Florida, 27th State
(In God We Trust)
  • Name (Named on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leon ): “ascua Florida”; “Flowery Easter”
  • Governor: Ron DeSantis ( Republican Party)
  • Capital: Tallahassee
  • Population:  21,992,985 (2020), (3rd-most populous)
  • Location: Much of the state of Florida is situated on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida.
  • North; Georgia,
  • east; Atlantic Ocean,
  • South; Cuba,
  • Northwest; Alabama
  • Southwest; Gulf of Georgia
  • Area: 170,313 km2/ 65,758 mi2,22nd by rank
  • Postal abbreviation: FL
  • Admitted to Union: March 3, 1845
  • Official language: English
1.      State’s Symbols
  • State Tree: Sabal Palm
  • State Grass: none
  • State Flower: Orange Blossom
  • State Wildflower: Coreopsis
  • State Fruit: Orange
  • State Shell: Horse Conch
  • State Freshwater Fish: Largemouth Bass
  • State Saltwater Mammal: Dolphin
  • State Marine Fish: Atlantic Sailfish
  • State Marine Mammal: Manatee
  • State Amphibian: none
  • State Dinosaur: none
  • State Marine Reptile: Loggerhead Turtle
  • State Reptile: American Alligator
  • State Tortoise: Gopher Tortoise
  • State Bird: Mockingbird
  • State Butterfly: Zebra Longwing Butterfly
  • State Animal: Florida Panther
  • State Horse: Florida Cracker Horse
  • State Fossil: Agatizedcoral
  • State Stone: Agatized Coral
  • State Gemstone: State Honey: Tupelo Honey
  • State Mineral: none
  • State Day: April 2
  • State Songs: I Am Florida, “The Swanee River” (Old Folks at Home)
  • State Rodeo: Silver Spurs Rodeo
  • State Pie: Key Lime Pie
  • State Honey: Tupelo Honey
  • State Beverage: Orange Juice
  • State Play: “Cross and Sword”
  • State Folk Dance: Square dance
  • State Flagship: Western Union
2.      Geography Facts
  • Land: 139,852 km(53,997mi2)
  • Water: 30,461 km(11,761mi2)
  • Coastline: 1,350mi, 2,173 km
  • Shoreline: 8,426mi, 8,426 km
  • State Forests:  37
  • National Forests: 3
  • State Parks: 175
  • Beaches: about 204
  • National Parks: 12
  • National Scenic Trail: 1
  • Water: 18.5%
  • Largest city (by area): Jacksonville (2,265 km²)
  • Largest city (by population): Jacksonville (926,371 people)
  • Lowest point: Florida; sea level, 3rd lowest (tied)
  • Highest point: Britton Hill; 345 feet, (105 m), 50th tallest
3.     Facts about Florida
  • The modern-day PC was created in 1981 in Boca Raton originally named the Acorn, and was named “Machine of the Year” by Time Magazine.
  • Lake Okeechobee covering about 700 square miles of area.
    is the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the United States.
  • Florida has more first magnitude springs than any other state – 27
  • Florida ranks #1 for tomatoes, grapefruit, sugarcane, snap beans, cucumbers, and oranges.
  • Florida produces more than 70 per cent of the nation’s oranges.
  • Nickname: Sunshine State
  • NASA’s first communication satellite – Echo 1 – was launched from Cape Canaveral on August 12, 1960.
  • World’s launchpad for manned space flight including the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and space shuttle missions is in Cape Canaveral named as Kennedy Space Center.
  • The first integrated professional baseball game was played in Daytona Beach’s City Island ballpark.
  • Florida has the largest collection of Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings in the world.
  • Pelican Island is the site of America’s first national wildlife refuge.
  • Major industries: Tourism, Agriculture, Aerospace and Aviation, Life Sciences, International Trade, Financial Services.
  • The first sunblock was invented by pharmacist Benjamin Green in Miami Beach in 1944. later he added cocoa butter to develop what eventually became suntan lotion. It was originally made for American GIs from the sun in World War II.
  • Famous for: Flattest state, Beaches, Disney World, Cypress Gardens, natural beauty, NASA Space Center, Everglades, orange crops.
  • Area codes: 239, 305, 321, 352, 386, 407, 561, 727, 754, 772, 786, 813, 850, 863, 904, 941, 954
4.       Natural Resources
  • Forest resources
  • Solar-power
  • Wind-power
  • Tide-power
  • Limestone
  • Solar power
  • Sand and gravel
  • Clay
  • Heavy minerals
  • Phosphate
  • Peat
  • Petroleum

 

5.      Mountains

             Mountains Ranges:

  • Britton Hill (State High Point)
  • Iron Mountain
  • Osceola Trail
  • Lake Wales Ridge
  • Flatwoods Trail
  • Apalachicola Trail
  • Ocala National Recreation Trail
  • The Pinellas Trail
  • Topsail Hill
  • Tamiami Trail

 

6.      Divisions
  • 67 Counties
  • 283 Cities
  • 109 Towns
  • 20 Villages

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