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    State of Florida
    Nickname The Sunshine State
    Capital Tallahassee
    Largest city Jacksonville
    Population 20.8M (Rank:3)
    Governor Rick Scott (R)

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    Third most populous state
    Florida became the third most populous state in the United States as its population exceeded 19.7 million by December 2014, surpassing the population of the state of New York. Among all the states in US, Florida has the highest percentage of people over 65 (17%)

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    Flattest state
    Florida is the flattest state in the USA as it is the state with the smallest difference between its highest and lowest points (345 ft) Florida's mean elevation is 100 ft. Only one state (Delaware) has lower mean elevation (60 ft)

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    Tourism is the engine that drives Florida
    Tourism is the biggest money earning sector of Florida's economy. In 2016, more than 112 million tourists visited Florida. The Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited vacation resort in the world with over 50 million annual visitors.

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    When was Florida discovered?

    Native Americans were living for atleast 12,000 years in what is now Florida when first known European visitors led by the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León landed in April 1513. He was seriously wounded in Florida, died in Cuba and interred in Puerto Rico

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    Florida is famous for its juicy oranges

    Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruit in the United States. It produces the majority of oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit cultivated in the United States. About 90 percent of the citrus harvested in Florida goes into juice making.

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    Birth place of commercial aviation

    Young aviator Tony Jannus made history on January 1, 1914 when he flew the world's first scheduled passenger service airline flight from St. Petersburg, Florida to Tampa, Florida

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    Home to spaceflight
    Launch operations for the Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs were carried out from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39. Located on the east coast of Florida, the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has been NASA's primary launch center of human spaceflight.

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    Coral reef

    Florida is the only state in the continental United States to have extensive shallow coral reef formations near its coasts.

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    Eight flags

    Amelia Island of Florida is the only US territory to have served under eight flags (French, Spanish, British, Patriot, Green Cross, Mexican, Confederate, and United States) The island was named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain.

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    Greater Miami is great

    Greater Miami is the only metropolitan areain the US whose borders encompass two national parks - The Everglades National Park and The Biscayne National Park.

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    Florida - Golfing paradise

    With over 1,300 courses, Florida has more golf courses than any other State in the US.
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