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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
|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|
|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|
Follow these links to read articles about Florida from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- My Florida.com: the Official Portal for the State of Florida.
This is the official website for the State of Florida.
- State Library & Archives of Florida – Florida Department of State
Here is the homepage for The Division of Library and Information Services for the State of Florida.
- The Florida Historical Society
Here is the homepage for the Florida State Historical Society.
- Museum of Florida History
Here is the homepage for the Florida State History Museum.
- Florida State Archives
Here is the homepage for the Florida State Archives.
- Florida Division of Recreation and Parks
Here is the homepage for Florida Division of Recreation and Parks, from the Department of Environmental Protection.
- Official Florida Online Parks Guide
Here is the homepage for the Official Florida Online Park Guide.
- Visit Florida
Here is the official state travel website for Florida.
- Florida Kids
Here is the official Florida Kids web site!
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Florida
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
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
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Florida.
- Florida Smart: Your Florida Web Guide
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
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.”