“Florida” means “flowery” in Spanish. Florida is not the southernmost U.S. state in the United States. It’s Hawaii.
Florida became a U.S. Territory in 1821 with General Andrew Jackson as military governor. 4th most populous state in the U.S., Florida has population of almost 20 million. Florida population doubled since 1980. The capital city Tallahassee has less than 200,000 residents. Actors Faye Dunaway, Burt Reynolds and Sidney Poitier are Floridians. So is Gloria Estefan. The famous rapper Flo Rida was in fact born in Florida. Any place in Florida is at distance not more than 60 miles (100 km) from the ocean. Florida deserves its nickname – the Sunshine State. Almost half of all U.S. exports to Latin America pass through Florida. Florida is the world’s top travel destination with 90 million visitors every year. The space industry measures $4.5 billion annually. Florida produces 70% of the U.S. oranges and supplies amazing 40% of the world’s orange juice. Only four states have a lower tax burden than Florida, which has no State Income Tax at all. Over 7% of Florida’s total area is water. Highest natural point is only 345 feet (100 m). With 1,300 miles (2,000 km) of coastline, Florida enjoys 800 miles (1,200 km) of sand beaches. Florida has almost 12,000 miles (20,000 km) of rivers, streams and waterways. Lake Okeechobee with its 700 square miles (1,800 sq. km) is the second largest freshwater lake in the U.S. Florida has 7,800 lakes larger than 10 acres. Florida is the U.S. state with most first magnitude springs. South Florida cherishes average temperatures of over 68 F (20 C) in winter. The six-month hurricane season starts in June. 1,000 people move each day to Florida. Florida has approximately 1,300 golf courses, more than any other state. Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States that borders with two national parks. Saint Augustine is thought to be the oldest European settlement in North America. Orlando is the most visited U.S. amusement park destination. In 1958, the first U.S. satellite Explorer I was launched from Cape Canaveral. A museum in Sanibel, FL owns 2 million shells and is supposedly the world’s only museum dedicated solely to mollusks.