State of Florida
The capital of Florida is Tallahassee.

The territory of Florida was admitted as a state on March 3, 1845 as the 27th State

The state is 65,758 square miles with Land area 53,997 square miles.

Nickname: The Sunshine State

Largest Cities (in order): Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee,
Port Saint Lucie, Cape Coral

State Bird - Mockingbird.

State flower - Orange Blossom

State Animal - Florida Panther

State Beverage - Orange Juice

State Butterfly  - Zebra Longwing

State Day - April 2

State Wildflower - Coreopsis

State Freshwater Fish - Largemouth Bass

State Saltwater Fish - Sailfish

State Gem - Moonstone

State Marine Mammal - Manatee

State Saltwater Mammal - Purpoise

State Play - Cross and Sword

State Reptile - Alligator

State Shell - Horse Conch

State Soil - Myakka Fine Sand

State Song - The Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)
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Florida State Song Lyrics
The Swanee River
Written by Stephen C. Foster

Way down upon de Swanee Ribber,
Far, far away,
Dere's wha my heart is turning ebber,
Dere's wha de old folks stay.
All up and down de whole creation
Sadly I roam,
Still longing for de old plantation,
And for de old folks at home.

Chorus
All de world am sad and dreary,
Eb-rywhere I roam;
Oh, darkeys, how my heart grows weary,
Far from de old folks at home!

2nd verse
All round de little farm I wandered
When I was young,
Den many happy days I squandered,
Many de songs I sung.
When I was playing wid my brudder
Happy was I;
Oh, take me to my kind old mudder!
Dere let me live and die.

3rd Verse
One little hut among de bushes,
One dat I love
Still sadly to my memory rushes,
No matter where I rove.
When will I see de bees a-humming
All round de comb?
When will I hear de banjo strumming,
Down in my good old home?

State Stone - Agatized Coral

State Tree - Sabal Palm

Longest River - St. Johns at 273 miles

Largest Lake - Lake Okeechobee at 700 square miles

Highest Natural Point - 345 Feet near Lakewood in Walton County

Florida State Parks
Alafia River State Park, Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park, Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve State Park,
Amelia Island State Park, Anastasia State Park, Anclote Key Preserve State Park,  Avalon State Park, Bahia Honda
State Park, Bald Point State Park, big Lagoon State Park, Big Shoals State Park, Big Talbot Island State Park, Bill Baggs
Cape Florida State Park, Blackwater Heritage State Trail, Blackwater River State Park, Blue Spring State Park, Bulow
Creek State Park, Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park, Caladesi Island State Park, Camp Helen State Park, Cayo
Costa State Park, Cedar Key Museum State Park, Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve, Charlotte Harbor Preserve State
Park, Collier-Seminole State Park, Colt Creek State Park, Constitution Convention Museum State Park, Cross Florida
Greenway, 49th Ave. to Land Bridge, Cross Florida Greenway-Baseline to Marshall Swamp, Cross Florida Greenway -
CR 484 to 49th Ave, Cross Florid aGreenway- Inglis Island Trails, Cross Florida Greenway - Land Bridge Trail, Cross
Florida Greenway - SR 200 to CR 484, Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East, Cross Florida Greenway -
Withlacoochee Bay Trail, Crystal River Archaeological State Park, Crystal River Preserve State Park, Curry Hammock
State Park, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, De Leon
Springs State Park, Deer Lake State Park, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park,
Don Pedro Island State Park, Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Dunns
Creek State Park, Econfina river State Park, Eden Gardens State Park, Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park,
Egmont Key, Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Estero Bay Preserve State Park, Fakahatchee Strand
Preserve State Park, Falling Waters State Park, Fanning Springs State Park, Faver-Dykes State Park, Florida Caverns
State Park, Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, Forest Capital Museum State Park, Fort Clinch State Park, Fort
Cooper State Park, Fort Foster State Historic Site, Fort George Island Cultural State Park,
Fort Mose Historic State
Park, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park,
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail, Gamble Plantation Historic State Park, Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation
Area at Flagler Beach, Gasparilla Island State Park, General James A. Van Fleet State Trail, George Crady Bridge
Fishing Pier, Grayton Beach State Park, Henderson Beach State Park, Highlands Hammock State Park, Hillsborough
river State Park, Honeymoon Island State Park, Hontoon Island State Park, Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Ichetucknee
Springs State Park, Indian Key Historic State Park, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, John Gorrie Museum State
Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park, Jonathan Dickinson State Park,
Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Koreshan State Historic Site, Lafayette Blue Springs State Park, Lake Griffin
state Park, Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park, Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park, Lake Kissimmee
State Park, Lake Louisa State Park, Lake Manatee State Park, Lake Talquin State Park, Letchworth-Love Mounds
Archaeological State Park, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Little Manatee River State Park, Little Talbot Island
State Park, Long Key State Park, Lovers Key State Park, Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park, Madira Bickel Mound
State Archaeological Site, Madison Blue Spring State Park, Manatee Springs State Park, Majorie Harris Carr Cross
Florida Greenway, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park, Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park, Mound Key
Archaeological State Park, Myakka river State Park, Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, Nature Coast State
Trail, North Peninsula State Park, O'Leno State Park, Ochlockonee river State Park, Oleta River State Park, Olustee
Battlefield Historic State Park, Orman House Historic State Park, Oscar Scherer State Park, Palatka-to-Lake Butler State
Trail, Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail, Paynes Creek Historic State Park, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park,
Perdido Key State Park, Ponce de Leon Springs State Park, Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park, Rainbow Springs
State Park, Ravine Gardens State Park, river Rise Preserve State Park, rock Springs Run State Reserve, San Felasco
Hammock Preserve State Park, San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, San Pedro Underwater Archaeological
Preserve State Park, Savannas Preserve State Park, Seabranch Preserve State Park, Sebastian Inlet State Park, Silver
Springs State Park, Skyway Fishing Pier State Park, St. Andrews State Park, St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, St.
Sebastian River Preserve State Park, Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Stump Pass Beach State Park,
Suwannee River State Park, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, Tallahassee- St. Marks Historic
Railroad State Trail, Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, The Barnacle Historic State Park, Three Rivers State Park,
Tomoka State Park, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Torreya State Park, Troy Spring State Park, Waccasassa Bay
Preserve State Park, Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Wekiwa Springs State
Park, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park, Windley Key Fossil Reef
Geological State Park, Withlacoochee State Trail, Ybor City Museum State Park, Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park,
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park.

Florida National Parks
Big Cypress, Biscayne, Canaveral, Castillo De San Marcos, De Soto, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Fort Caroline, Fort
Matanzas, Gulf Islands, Gullah/Geechee Cororidor, Timucuan


Counties in Florida
Alachua County
Baker
Bay
Bradford
Brevard
Rockledge

Broward
Calhoun
Charlotte
Citrus
Clay
Green Cove Springs
Hibernia
Magnolia Springs
Orange Park
 Federal Point

Collier
Columbia
DeSoto
Dixie
Duval
Atlantic Beach
Bayard
Jacksonville
Mandarin
Mayport

Escambia
Flagler
Franklin
Gadsden
Gilchrist
Glades
Gulf
Hamilton
Hardee
Hendry
Hernando
Highlands
Hillsborough
Holmes
Indian River
Jackson
Jefferson
Lafayette
Lake
Lee
Leon
Levy
Liberty
Madison
Manatee
Marion
Martin
County
Monroe
Nassau
   
Fernandina
Okaloosa
Okeechobee
Orange
Osceola
Palm Beach
Pasco
Pinellas
Polk
Putnam
East Palatka
Federal Point
Orange Mills
Palatka
San Mateo
Welaka       

Saint Johns
Armstrong
Cartersville
Elkton
Hastings
Matanzas
Mill Creek
Moccasin Branch
Moultrie
Picolata
St. Augustine
Spuds
Tocoi        

Saint Lucie
Santa Rosa
Sarasota
Seminole
Sanford

Sumter
Suwannee
Taylor
Union
Volusia
Blue Spring
Coronado Beach
Daytona
Daytona Beach
Enterprise
Lake Helen
Ponce Park
New Smyrna
Ormond
Port Orange
Seabreeze      
Volusia

Wakulla
Walton
Washington

Most important U. S. Senator:
David Levy Yulee

                                                                    Governors of Florida
1st Spanish Period
 
Pedro Menendez de Aviles
1565-1574
Acting - Pedro Menendez Valdes
 
Acting - Esteban de las Alas
 
Acting  - Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the younger
 
Acting - Pedro Menendez Marquez
 
Acting - Diego de Velasco
 
Hernando de Miranda
1576
Alonso de Solis
1576
Hernando de Miranda
1576
Gutierre de Miranda
1576-1577
Pedro Menendez Marquez
1577-1589
Acting - Gutierre de Miranda
 
Acting - Juan de Posada
 
Gutierre de Miranda
1589-1592
Francisco de Salazar
1592-1594
Domingo Martinez de Avendano
1594-1595
Royal Treasury Officals
1595-1596
Gonzalo Mendez de Canzo
1596-1603
Pedro de Ibarra
1603-1609
Juan Fernandez de Olivera
1609-1612
Royal Treasury Officials
1612-1613
Juan de Trevino Guillamas
1613-1618
Juan de Salinas
1618-1624
Luis de Rojas y Borja
1624-1630
Andres Rodriguez de Villegas
1630-1631
Nicolas Ponce de Leon I
1631-1633
Luis de Horruytiner
1633-1638
Damian de Vega Castro y Pardo
1638-1645
Benito Ruiz de Salazar Vallecilla
1645-1646
Royal Treasury Officials
1646-1648
Benito Ruiz de Salazar Vallecilla
1648
Pedro Benedit Horruytiner
1648
Benito Ruiz de Salazar Vallecilla
1648-1651
Nicolas Ponce de Leon I
1651
Pedro Benedit Horruytiner
1651
Diego de Rebolledo
1651-1659
Alonso de Aranguiz y Cotes
1659-1663
Nicolas Ponce de Leon II
1673-1675
Pablo de Hita Salazar
1675-1680
Juan Marquez Cabrera
1680-1687
Royal Treasury Officals
1687
Pedro de Aranda y Avellandeda
1687
Diego de Quiroga y Losada
1687-1693
Laureano de Torres y Ayala
1693-1700?
Jose de Zuniga y Cerda
1700-1706
Francisco de Corcoles y Martinez
1706-1716
Pedro de Oliver y Fullana
1716
Juan de Ayala Escobar
1716-1718
Antonio de Benavides
1718-1727?
Antonio de Benavides
1728?-1734
Francisco del Moral Sanchez
1734-1737
Manuel Jose de Justis
1737
Manuel de Montiano
1737-1749
Melchor de Navarrete
1749-1752
Fulgencio de Garcia Solis
1752-1755
Alonso Fernandez de Heredia
1755-1758
Lucas Fernando de Palcio
1758-1761
Alonso de Cardenas
1761-1762
Melchor Filiu
1762-1763
English Period
 
Acting - Captain John Hedges
1763
Acting - Major Francis Ogilvie
1763-1764
James Grant
1764-1771
Acting - John Moultire
1771-1774
Patrick Tonyn
1774-1784
Second Spanish Period
 
Vicente Manuel de Cespedes
1784-1790
Juan Nepomuceno de Quesada
1790-1796
Bartolome Morales
1796
Enrique White
1796-1811
Juan Jose de Estrada
1811-1812
Sebastian Kindelan
1812-1815
Juan Jose de Estrada
1815-1816
Jose Coppinger
1816-1821
American Period -Territorial
 
Major General Andrew Jackson
1821
William P. Duval
1822-1834
John H. Eaton
1834-1836
Richard K. Call
1836-1839
Robert Raymond Reid
1839-1841
Richard K. Call
1841-1844
John Branch
1844-1845
American Period - Statehood
 
William D. Moseley
1845-1849
Thomas Brown
1849-1853
James E. Broome
1853-1857
Madison S. Perry
1857-1861
John Milton
1861-1865
William Marvin
1865-1866
David S. Walker
1866-1868
Harrison Reed
1868-72
Samuel T. Day
1872
Harrison Reed
1872-1873
Ossian B. Hart
1873
Marcellus L. Stearns
1873
Ossian B. Hart
1873-1874
Marcellus L. Stearns
1874-1877
George F. Drew
1877-1881
William D. Boxham
1881-1885
Edward A. Perry
1885-1889
Francis P. Fleming
1889-1893
Henry L. Mitchell
1893-1897
William D. Bloxham
1897-1901
W. S. Jennings
1901-1905
N. B. Broward
1906-1909
Albert W. Gilchrist
1909-1913
Park Trammell
1913-1917
Sidney J. Catts
1917-1921
Cary A. Hardee
1921-1925
John W. Martin
1925-1929
Doyle E. Carlton
1929-1933
David Sholtz
1933-1937
Fred P. Cone
1937-1941
Spessard L. Holland
1941-1945
Millard F. Caldwell
1945-1949
Fuller Warren
1949-1953
Daniel T. McCarty
1953
Charley E. Johns
1953-1955
LeRoy Collins
1955-1961
Farris Bryant
1961-1965
W. Haydon Burns
1965-1967
Claude R. Kirk, Jr.
1967-1971
Reubin Askew
1971-1979
Bob Graham
1979-1987
Wayne Mixson
1987-1987
Bob Martinez
1987-1991
Lawton Chiles
1991-1998
Buddy Mackay
1998-1999
Jeb Bush
1999-2007
Charlie Crist
2007-2011
Rick Scott
2011-
   
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