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Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513.He named the region La Florida ("land of flowers").Spain established several settlements in Florida, with varying degrees of success.In 1559, Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano established a settlement at present-day Pensacola, making it the first attempted settlement in Florida, but it was mostly abandoned by 1561. Augustine (San Agustín) was established under the leadership of admiral and governor Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, creating what would become the oldest European settlement in the continental U. and establishing the first generation of Floridanos and the government of Florida.The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama, to the north by Alabama and Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States (due to the consolidation of Jacksonville with Duval County).Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. About two-thirds of Florida occupies a peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.Much of the state is at or near sea level and is characterized by sedimentary soil. Along with Hawaii, Florida is one of only two states that has a tropical climate, and is the only continental U. It was a principal location of the Seminole Wars against the Native Americans, and racial segregation after the American Civil War.
The British soon constructed the King's Road connecting St. The British government gave land grants to officers and soldiers who had fought in the French and Indian War in order to encourage settlement.
Whether you're a serious runner or a guy who just likes to pound the pavement every once in a while, there are plenty of reasons running is better than the gym.
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Florida culture is a reflection of influences and multiple inheritance; African, European, indigenous, and Latino 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.In 1763, Spain traded Florida to the Kingdom of Great Britain for control of Havana, Cuba, which had been captured by the British during the Seven Years' War.