Sun & Fun — Legends & Lore in the Sunshine State
Florida – The Sunshine State
Situated on a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida, the Sunshine State has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States. Since the first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon – who named it La Florida, meaning “Flowery Land”, Florida was a challenge for the European colonial powers before it gained statehood in the United States in 1845.
Today, Florida’s culture is a reflection of influences and multiple inheritance; Native American, European American, Hispanic and African American heritages can be found in the architecture and cuisine.
For visitors, Florida offers 663 miles of beaches, three National Parks, as well as numerous other National Seashores and National Monuments. It also provides more than 50 state parks, as well as its well known amusement parks, such as Walt Disney World and Busch Gardens.
For historians, you’ll find St. Augustine, America’s oldest city featuring numerous historic sites, including massive forts, missions and living history museums; and Amelia Island, which features a rich history, including being the only site in the US to be governed by eight different countries; and more.
Kathy R. Weiser-Alexander
Florida Flag – On a white field emblazoned with a red X and the state seal, Florida’s flag represents the land of sunshine, flowers, palm trees, rivers and lakes. The seal features a brilliant sun, a cabbage palmetto tree, a steamboat sailing and a Native American Seminole woman scattering flowers.
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