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Florida ( (listen), Spanish pronunciation: [floˈɾiða]) is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States. With a population of over 21 million, Florida is the third-most populous and the 22nd-most extensive of the 50 United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. The state's capital is Tallahassee and its most populous municipality is Jacksonville. The Miami metropolitan area, with a population of almost 6.2 million, is the most populous urban area in Florida and the seventh-most populous in the United States. Other urban areas in the state with a population of more than one million are Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Florida's $1.0 trillion economy is the fourth-largest of any U.S. state, and if it were a country, Florida would be the 16th-largest economy in the world.

The first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who called it la Florida ([la floˈɾiða] "the land of flowers") upon landing there. At various points in its colonial history, Florida was administered by Spain and Great Britain. Florida was admitted as the 27th state on March 3, 1845. Florida was the principal location of the Seminole Wars (1816 – 1858), the longest and most extensive of Indian Wars in United States history. Florida declared its secession from the Union on January 10, 1861, and was one of the seven original Confederate States. After the Civil War, Florida was restored to the Union on June 25, 1868.

Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues. The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, winter vegetables, the Kennedy Space Center, and as a popular destination for retirees. It is the flattest state in the United States, and Lake Okeechobee is its largest freshwater lake.

The state's close proximity to the ocean influences many aspects of Florida culture and daily life. Florida is a reflection of influences and multiple inheritance; African, European, indigenous, Latino, and Asian heritages can be found in the architecture and cuisine. Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, and continues to attract celebrities and athletes. It is internationally known for golf, tennis, auto racing, and water sports. Several beaches in Florida have turquoise and emerald-colored coastal waters.

About two-thirds of Florida occupies a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, approximately 1,350 miles (2,170 km), not including the contribution of the many barrier islands. Florida has a total of 4,510 islands that are ten acres (4 ha) or larger in area. This is the second-highest number of islands of any state; only Alaska has more. It is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the state is at or near sea level, and is characterized by sedimentary soil. Florida has the lowest high point of any U.S. state. The American alligator, American crocodile, American flamingo, Roseate spoonbill, Florida panther, bottlenose dolphin, and manatee can be found in Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state. The climate varies from subtropical in the north to tropical in the south. Along with Hawaii, Florida is one of only two states that have a tropical climate, and is the only continental state that has both a tropical climate and a coral reef. The Florida Reef is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States, and the third-largest coral barrier reef system in the world (after the Great Barrier Reef and Belize Barrier Reef).

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La Floride : suivant les nouvelles observations de Messrs. de l'Academie royale des sciences, etc. augmentées de nouveau.
Un des rois de la Floride, consultant son magicien, avant que de marcher à l'ennemi. [8299]
To the members of the Nautical Institution and Ship-masters' Society of the city of New York, this chart, extending from lat. 40°15 N., long. 72°15 W., to lat. 22°35 N., long. 80°25 W., is respectfully dedicated
Florida.
Florida. advertising card
T. Thomas Fortune.
"The Home Stretch in Florida" - postcard to Frederick Hoeing
"A Joy Ride in Florida" - postcard mailed to Frederick Hoeing, 1917
Lunch hour for negro tomato pickers, Homestead, Florida, Jan. 1938.
Palm Beach, Florida, March 1939.
Carpenters and construction workers waiting outside Florida State employment office trying to get jobs on Camp Blanding, Starke, Florida. Dec. 1940
Migratory laborers cutting celery, Belle Glade, Florida, January 1941.
Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provinciarum, nova descriptio.
Virginiae partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumq[ue] regionum nova descriptio.
Plan des Tombeaux des., des chefs de Tonga-tabou. Tombeaux des chef. de Tonga -Tabou (Archipel des amis.) Situésaux  environs de Moua. 1. Un Touï tonga nommé Fettaféhé., 2. Cing Rois., 3. Un Roi et sa femme., 4. Un enfant., 5. Un Rei., 6. Guatre Rois., 7. Un Roi., 8. Les Rois Toublotou et Fettaféché, puis 2 autress., 9. Un tombeau gue mpis n'avpms apperçu gue de loin, fl renferme 4 Rois., 10. Un feune enfant., 11. Tangamana gd,, père du chef Avea seus le même monticule estle chef  Touï., 12. Une femme, aïeule d' Avea., 13. Tombeau conshuit en mémoire du chef  lelea gui  se perdit à mer., 14. Finaou chef gui vivait à Tonga, Lorsgue Cook y aborda., 15. Un chef mommé Tafoa., Elévation de l'un des Tombeaux.
Marriage rules, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, S. C., August 11, 1865.
BREAKFAST [held by] SANFORD HOUSE [at] SANFORD FL (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] PUTNAM HOUSE [at] "PAKATKA, FL" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL)
A map of Florida and ye Great Lakes of Canada
Roadside sign. Florida
Florida migrants getting aboard the truck which will take them from Belcross, NC to another job in Onley, VA, July 1940.
Mexico, or, New Spain : divided into the audiance of Guadalayara, Mexico, and Guatimala, Florida.
County map of North Carolina, Map of South Carolina, County map of Florida ; Map of Charleston Harbor [inset].
Luigiana Inglese, colla parte Occidentale, della Florida, della Georgia, e Carolina Merid[i]onale.
Parte Orientale della Florida, della Georgia, e Carolina Meridionale.
Car and homemade trailer on U.S. 101 near King City, California. Man and wife middle-aged, from Wisconsin. "Old Man Depression sent us out on the road ... You don't know anything about how many people are living in trailers till you 'hit' Florida.
New Mexico ; Florida.
Habit of a king of Florida in 1625. Roy de la Floride.
A compleat map of the West Indies, containing the coasts of Florida, Louisiana, New Spain, and Terra Firma: with all the islands
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY DINNER [held by] HOTEL PONCE DE LEON [at] ST. AUGUSTINE FL (HOTEL;)
MUSICALE & COTILLION AT CORDOVA TONIGHT [held by] HOTEL PONCE DE LEON [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOT;)
Virginiae item et Floridae Americae provinciarum, nova descriptio.
Virginiae partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumq[ue] regionum nova descriptio.
Carte de la Louisiane, Maryland, Virginie, Caroline, Georgie, avec une partie de la Floride
Carte de la Louisiane, Maryland, Virginie, Caroline, Georgie, avec une partie de la Floride
A map of the states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia : comprehending the Spanish provinces of east and west Florida : exhibiting the boundaries as fixed by the late treaty of peace between the United States and the Spanish dominions
A new and accurate chart (from Captain Holland's surveys) of the North American Coast, for the navigation between Cape Cod in New England and the Havanna in the Gulf of Florida respectfully inscribed to His Excellency Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States of North America,
A new and accurate chart (from Captain Holland's surveys) of the North American Coast, for the navigation between Philadelphia and Florida respectfully inscribed to His Excellency Thomas Jefferson, president of the United States of North America
LUNCHEON MENU [held by] HOTEL PONCE DE LEON [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOT;)
New map of the states of Georgia South and North Carolina Virginia and Maryland : including the Spanish provinces of West and East Florida from the latest surveys
Virginiae partis australis et Floridae partis orientalis interjacentimq[ue] regionum, nova descriptio.
THANKSGIVING DINNER [held by] HOTEL ALGAZAR [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE,FLORIDA" (HOTEL;)
CHRISTMAS NIGHT DINNER AND PROGRAM [held by] HOTEL ALCAZAR [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL ROYAL PALM [at] "MIAMI, FLORIDA" (HOTEL)
Florida - Samuel J. Tilden papers
QUEEN VICTORIA'S BIRTHDAY [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] TAMPA FL? (HOTEL;)
René Goulaine de Laudonnière and American Natives in Florida
CONVENTION [held by] NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES [at] "TAMPA BAY HOTEL, TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL PONCE DE LEON [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE,FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL ROYAL PALM [at] "MIAMI BISCAYNE BAY,FL" (HOTEL;)
Florida Montgomery Co. [Township]; Fort Hunter [Village]; Fort Hunter Business Directory.
4TH ANNUAL BANQUET [held by] (TRAVELERS' PROTECTIVE ASS'N.) [at] "WINDSOR HOTEL, JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] ORMOND HOTEL [at] "ORMOND, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER] [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA,FLORIDA" (HOTEL;)
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY DINNER [held by] HOTEL ORMOND [at] "ORMOND, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA,FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FLORIDA" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FLORIDA" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL ORMOND [at] "ORMOND, FL" (HOTEL;)
Residence of Stewart Young, Florida, Orange Co., N.Y.
Bellvale [Village]; Warwick [Township]; Florida [Village]
DINNER] [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL;" (HOTEL;)
LUNCH [held by] SOUTHERN RAILWAY [at] NEW YORK AND FLORIDA EXPRESS (RR;)
BREAKFAST [held by] SOUTHERN RAILWAY [at] NEW YORK AND FLORIDA EXPRESS (RR;)
DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
Old Fort San Marco; The approach to Fort Marion, St. Augustine, Florida; Fort Marion, looking seaward
Letter to Patrick Tonyn, Governor of East Florida
Letter to Lieut. Col. [Beamsley] Glazier, commanding in East Florida
Letter to Lieut. Col. [Beamsley] Glasier, commanding in East Florida
Ocean Walk, Palm Beach, Fla., Vintage Postcard by Detroit Publishing Co.
Letter to Patrick Tonyn, Governor of East Florida
THANKSGIVING DAY DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
CHRISTMAS DINNER [held by] SAN JUAN HOTEL [at] "ORLANDO, FL" (HOTEL)
DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
CHRISTMAS DINNER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA" (HOTEL)
BREAKFAST [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
SUPPER [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
NEW YEARS DAY DINNER [held by] MAGNOLIA HOTEL [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] ROYAL PALM HOTEL [at] "MIAMI BISCAYNE BAY, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
MENU [held by] WINDSOR HOTEL [at] "JACKSONVILLE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNNER [held by] PONCE DE LEON HOTEL [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL ALGAZAR [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL ALCAZAR [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] HOTEL PONCE DE LEON [at] "ST. AUGUSTINE, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
LUNCHEON [held by] HOTEL ROYAL PALM [at] "MIAMI BISCAYNE BAY, FL" (HOTEL;)
DINNER [held by] TAMPA BAY HOTEL [at] "TAMPA, FL" (HOTEL;)
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