The Sunshine State

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History & Culture


Florida was discovered in 1553 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon. He named the discovered land, la Florida in honor of Pascua Florida, ("Feast of the Flowers") which is Spain's Easter Time Celebration.
Britain gained control of Florida in 1763 in exchange for Havana, Cuba which was captured by Spain during the 7 Year War (1756-1763). Britain split Florida into 2 parts, East and West. The Capital of East Florida was St. Augustine, and the Capital of the West was Pensacola.
Britain tried to get people to come to Florida by offering land to settle on and to help those who produced products for export.
In 1776, the War for American Independence began, and Florida remained royal to Britain during that time. When the war ended in 1783, Spanish colonists and escaped slaves rushed to Florida. American immigration forced out the Indians that lived there. Indians were either taken to Oklahoma or were placed into the military guard.
Florida officially became the 20th state on March 3rd, 1885.


Florida's culture is very similar to the rest of America's, but because it is a coastal state, many immigrants flock there.


Due to immigration, there are many Cubans in Florida, bringing with them their unique food & music. (As shown below.)
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Average Florida Weather and Geography

July is the warmest.

January is the coolest.

June is the wettest.

November is the driest.

Expect a very warm and humid climate when you visit Florida. Florida is in between the Gulf of Mexico peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean.

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Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Florida