Florida

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Abbreviation FL
Source: United States Postal Service - Abbreviations
Capital Tallahassee
Population 18,801,310
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile -- U.S. Census Bureau
Governor Rick Scott (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the Union March 3, 1845
as the 27th state
Motto In God we trust
Nickname The Sunshine State
Flower Orange Blossom
Bird Mockingbird
Song The Suwanee River (Old Folks at Home)
Professional Sports Teams Miami Heat, Orlando Magic (Men's Basketball); Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Football); Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins (Baseball); Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning (Hockey)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of Name From the Spanish, meaning "feast of flowers"
Historical Sites St. Augustine, Fort Matanza National Monument, DeSoto National Memorial, Fort Jefferson National Monument
Points of Interest Walt Disney World, EPCOT Center, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Everglades National Park, Busch Gardens, Key West, Sea World, Ormond-Daytona Beach, Universal Studios Florida
Bordering States Florida borders Georgia and Alabama
Flag Florida's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Florida from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Florida
    http://www.50states.com/florida.htm
    The site provides a wealth of information about Florida. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Florida
    http://www.thingstodo.com/states/FL/index.htm
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Florida's entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state's interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Florida Attractions
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/fl
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
  • Florida Smart: Your Florida Web Guide
    http://www.floridasmart.com/
    If you want to learn about facts, history, maps and even live webcams, check out this page for everything about Florida!
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Florida
    http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/states/12000.html
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on "economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more" in Florida.
  • Pelican Island was the first federal wildlife refuge in the U. S. It was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903.
  • The U. S. Navy Aeronautic Station in Pensacola was the first Navy training center for pilots. It was established in 1914.
  • More passenger ships pass through Miami's port than any other city in the U. S.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Jim Morrison (1943-1971) was the legendary lead singer of the band The Doors. His grave in Paris, France, has become a popular tourist attraction.
  • Dwight Gooden, who was born November 16, 1964, in Tampa, is one of the best pitchers in baseball history. He currently plays for the New York Yankees.
  • Sidney Poitier was born in Miami on February 20, 1927. He was the first African-American actor to win an Oscar, which he won for the movie "Lilies of the Fields."