One of the first Florida facts is that The Sunshine State is Florida's official state nickname because of the sunny days in Florida. It was adopted by the 1970 Legislature. Florida was admitted to the United States as a state on March 3, 1845. Tallahassee is Florida's state capital and the Orange Blossom is it's state flower. Florida facts about the population include that there are 67 counties in Florida. The sun shine states population in 2003 was estimated at 17 million people state wide.
Florida facts concerning it's history starts in 1513 when Juan Ponce de Leon discovered Florida when he landed in NE Florida, possibly near what we know as St. Augustine, to claim Florida for Spain. This is when written records about life in Florida began. The first permanent European settlement was established in 1565 in St. Augustine by Spain. Florida became a U.S. Territory in 1821. General Andrew Jackson served as military governor until Congress ratified a territorial constitution. There are many Fun and interesting Florida facts. There are at least 20 commercial airports in Florida as well. There are 6 million campers in campsites all across Florida each year. Florida is the only state that has 2 rivers both with the same name. There is a Withlacoochee in north central Florida, and a Withlacoochee in central Florida. They have nothing in common except the name. The Florida Museum of Hispanic and Latin American Art in Coral Gables, is the first and only museum in the United States dedicated to the preservation, diffusion, and promotion of Hispanic and Latin American Art. One of many military related Florida facts is that During the 1991 Gulf War the busiest military port in the country was Jacksonville. From this location the military moved more supplies and people than any other port in the country.