Florida State Facts

presented by Mr. Wolfrath's 3rd Graders
Shorecrest Preparatory School
St. Petersburg, Florida

History Facts
  • The first semi-permanent settlement appeared in Florida around 3,000 BC. - Pablo
  • Florida means “feast of flowers.” It was claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon in 1513. – Evan S.
  • Britain gained control of Florida in 1763 in exchange for Havana, Cuba which they had captured from Spain during the Seven Years War. – Will
  • Florida was admitted as the 27th state on March 3, 1845. - Mitchell
  • Hurricane Andrew hit Florida on August 23, 1992. It is the costliest Florida disaster. – Alexander

Geography Facts
  • The highest elevation in Florida is Britton Hill at 345 feet. – Mav
  • Florida is the only state that has two rivers with the same name, Withlacoochee. - Joshua
  • The longest river in Florida is the St. John’s with a length of 273 miles. – Kim

Government and Economy Facts
  • Florida has had 43 governors. Our current governor is Charlie Crist. – Coco
  • Florida has 41 million visitors each year. – Kayelin
  • Walt Disney World attracts more visitors than any other single attraction in the world. – Tyler
  • An annual harvest of oysters from Apalachicola Bay produces enough meat to cover an entire football field. – Melanie

Weather
  • -2˚ is the lowest temperature ever recorded in Florida, the highest is 109˚. - Caya

Cities and Counties
  • Jacksonville is the largest city in land area in the United States. – Jessie
  • St. Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America. – Luis
  • There are more than 1,250 golf courses in Florida. Palm Beach county has the most, more than any other county in the country. - Sarah

Animals and Plants
  • Animals native to Florida include manatees, dolphins, brown pelicans, American alligators, blue crabs, and Florida panthers, our state animal. – Hannah
  • Our state tree is the sabal palm. - Hannah

Fun Facts
  • Gatorade was named after the University of Florida Gators, where it was invented (Gainesville, FL). – Mariah
  • People get together and toss dead fish into Alabama each year. Called the Annual Mullet Toss hosted by Flora-Bam Beach Bar in Pensacola. It’s a sill excuse for a big beach party. - Luke
  • Bayshore Blvd in Tampa, is one of the world’s longest continuous sidewalks in the world. - Reid