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Florida is located in the southeastern United States, on the Gulf Coast. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the state of Florida is situated on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, encompassing approximately 1,350 miles. The climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south. Its symbolic animals like the American alligator, Florida panther and the manatee, can be found in the Everglades, one of the most famous national parks in the world.

Since its discovery in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who named it La Florida ("Flowery Land") upon landing there during the Easter season, Pascua Florida, Florida was a challenge for the European colonial powers before it gained statehood in the United States in 1845. It was a principal location of the Seminole Wars against the Indians, and racial segregation after the American Civil War. Today, it is distinguished by its large Hispanic community and high population growth, as well as its raising environmental concerns. Its economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture and transport, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also known for its amusement parks, the production of oranges and the Kennedy Space Center.

Nickname: The Sunshine State
Population: 18,801,310 (4th)
Capital: Tallahassee (181,376)
Largest City: Jacksonville (821,784)
Largest Metropolitan Area: Miami (5,564,635)
Area: 65,755 square miles (22nd)
Highest Point: Britton Hill - 345 ft feet
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean - sea level
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Flower: Orange blossom
State Tree: Sabal Palmetto
Admission to Union: March 3, 1845 (27th)
Time Zones: Eastern: UTC -5/-4

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Orlando, Florida is the biggest tourist destination in the United States, drawing more than 50 million people per year. It is home to major tourist draws like DisneyWorld and Epcot Center, Universal Studios and Seaworld.

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