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Florida is a state in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. See the fact file below for more information about Florida or download the comprehensive worksheet collection to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Became a State
March 3, 1845 (27th)
southeastern United States
65,795 sq. miles (22nd)
Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, St. Petersburg
citrus fruits, sugarcane, celery
humid sub-tropical, except in southern part, which is tropical
averages 50 inches
Professional Sports Teams
Jackonsville Jaguars (National Football League)
Miami Dolphins (National Football League)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (National Football League)
Miami Heat (National Basketball Association)
Orlando Magic (National Basketball Association)
Florida Panthers (National Hockey League)
Tampa Bay Lightning (National Hockey League)
Tampa Bay Rays (Major League Baseball)
Florida Marlins (Major League Baseball)
Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, Gulf Intracostal Waterway, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway
Most Famous Citizens
Steve Garvey (baseball player)
John Audubon (ornithologist, artist)
Stephen Foster (composer)
Marjorie K. Rowlings (writer)
Jacqueline Cochran (aviator)
Bird – Mockingbird
Flower – Orange Blossom
Animal – Florida Panther
Tree – Sabal Palm
Insect – Zebra Longwing
- Florida is a state in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south by the Straits of Florida. It is a vast plateau, much of it barely above sea level. Its highest point is believed to be a hilltop in the panhandle, 345ft. (105m) above sea level, near the city of Lakewood, in Walton County, while its lowest point is at sea level on the Atlantic Ocean. This means that its elevation is only 100ft., making it the flattest state in the U.S.
- A mild, sunny climate is one of Florida’s most important natural resources. Nicknamed “The Sunshine State”, it has become a major tourist center and a welcome haven for retirees from all over the country. Due to its hot weather, approximately 1,000 people move to Florida each day, making its population exceed 19.7 million in December 2014 and earning the title of third most populous state in the U.S.
- The state seal appears in the center of a white field, with four red bars extending from the seal to each corner of the flag. In the seal’s background, the sun’s rays shine over a distant highland; in the foreground are a sabal palmetto palm, a steamboat, and an Indian woman scattering flowers on the ground. The words “Great Seal of the State of Florida” and the state motto surround the entire circumference.
- American Indians from the north are its early occupants, nearly 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. They lived mostly along the coast and relied heavily on wild plants and on a large variety of aquatic and land animals for meat. They began to practice agriculture and plant corn in villages around lake Okeechobee in 450 BC. As they continued to explore the land, the Indians divided into six groups, with numerous subgroups and distinctive cultural traits.
- In the 16th century, Europeans encountered nearly 100,000 Indians: 25,000 Apalachee around Tallahassee; 40,000 Timucua in the northeast; at Tampa Bay, 7,000 Tocobaga; on the southwest coast and around Lake Okeechobee, 20,000 Calusa; on the lower southeast coast, 5,000 Tequesta; and in the Jupiter area, 2,000 Ais and Jeaga.
- Florida was named by the Spanish explorer, Juan Ponce de Leon. “La Florida” is a Spanish term meaning ‘land of flowers’. He visited it in 1513 in search of the legendary Fountain of Youth. He again returned in 1521, hoping to establish a colony, but was attacked by local indigenous people.
- In 1564, the first European settlement was established by French Protestants led by Rene de Laudonniere and they built Fort Caroline near current-day Jacksonville ( the largest city in the U.S.).
- In 1565, a fort at St. Augustine was built by Spaniards. This is the oldest permanent settlement in the U.S.
- The U.S. claimed Florida from the Spaniards in 1819. And in 1821, its territory was established by its first governor, Andrew Jackson.
- On March 3, 1854, Florida became the 27th state.
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Florida Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Florida which is a state in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida.
Download includes the following worksheets
- Florida Facts
- The Official Seal
- The Sunshine State
- Back in History
- Number Facts
- The Map
- Flora and Fauna
- Product Match
- Ethnic Groups
- Home to Space Flight
- Vacationers’ Paradise
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