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Thomas Jefferson

"The reason that Christianity is the best friend of Government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart."

John Adams

"Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there contained! Every member would be obliged in conscience to temperance, frugality and industry: to justice, kindness and charity towards his fellow men: and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God....What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be."

Feb. 22, 1756

florida flag Florida Puma

State Symbols

Bird: Mockingbird
Sabal Palmetto Palm
Orange Blossom
Animal: Panther (Puma)
Song: The Swanee River


Entered the Union: March 3, 1845 (27)

State Nickname
Sunshine State

State Motto

In God We Trust

Capital: Tallahassee
Origin of Name: Named on Easter 1513 by Ponce de Leon for Pascua Florida – "Flowery Easter"
Famous for: Beaches, Disney World, Daytona 500, Cypress Gardens, NASA Space Center, Everglades
National Forests: 3 • National Parks: 13 • State Forests: 31 • State Parks: 158
Famous Floridians: Wallace Amos (founder of Amos Cookie Corp.), Faye Dunaway • Burt Reynolds • Sidney Poitier (actors), Gloria Estefan (singer), Steve "Lefty" Carlton (baseball), Osceola (Seminole Indian), Charles & John Ringling (founders Ringling Bros & Barnum & Bailey Circus), David Robinson (basketball), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (author), Charles & John Ringling (circus), Janet Reno (first woman attorney general), Norman Thargard (astronaut), Clarence Thomas (US Supreme Court)
State Fair: Tampa, Florida
State Fair: West Palm Beach
Florida National Forests
Florida National Parks
Florida State Parks
Florida Historic Sites
Florida Attractions
Fishing in Florida
Hunting in Florida
Florida Marlins (MLB)
Florida Panthers (NHL)
Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL)
Miami Dolphins (NFL)
Miami Heat (NBA)
Orlando Magic (NBA)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (MLB)
Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
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Florida Butterfliy Gallery
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Florida Homeschooling
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Florida Restaurants & Reviews
1513, Ponce de León, seeking the mythical “Fountain of Youth,” discovered and named Florida. He claimed the region for Spain. In 1564, French missionaries settled Fort Caroline near present-day Jacksonville. In 1565, Spanish troops arrived and drove the French out of Florida. They established St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in the U.S.
In 1763, Spain lost Florida to England. During the Revolutionary War, Spanish troops entered Florida and repossessed the land. During the War of 1812, Spain allowed Britain to use Pensacola as a naval base. In 1814, American troops captured the base leading to U.S. control of Florida in 1821. The Florida Territory was organized in 1822 and settlers entered by the thousands. 
Cape Canaveral is America's launch pad for space flights.
The first U.S. earth satellite, Explorer I, was launched from the U.S. Air Force Missile Test Center at Cape Canaveral in 1958.
Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed.
Fort Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because the city has 185 miles of local waterways. 
The crocodile is classified as an endangered species and there are only 400 to 500 remaining in Florida.
Only 30 to 50 Florida Pumas still remain, making this one of the rarest and most endangered mammals in the world. Pumas can run as fast as 30 mph and jump as high as 18 feet from the ground.
The world's first scheduled commercial airline flight occurred in Florida on January 1, 1914 between Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Florida's Ethnic Roots: German 11.8%, Irish 10.3%, English 9.2%, American 8%, Italian 6.3%.
Religion in Florida: 80% Christian (54% Protestant, 26% Catholic), 14% No Religion, 4% Jewish, 1% LDS, 1% Other Religions
Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits lead Florida's agricultural products list.
Disney World, located on a 27,000-acre site, is Florida's most popular tourist destination. Also drawing many visitors are the NASA Kennedy Space Center's Spaceport USA, Everglades National Park, and the Epcot Center.
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving - Thanking God for His blessings
Thanksgiving Day November 28, 2024
In 1621, 52 Pilgrims and approx. 50 Native Americans celebrated a 3-day feast thanking God for His blessings enabling their survival in the New World. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November.
December 1, 2024
Advent begins 4 weeks before Christmas and remembers the longing and waiting of God's people for the coming of the Messiah.
Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 1791
Bill of Rights Day

Celebrating the 10 amendments to the Constitution which protect individual rights by placing specific limits on government power. These freedoms do not exist in many countries of the world.
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
December 25th Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. This joyous festival is enjoyed by Christians and nonChristians alike all over the world.