Florida, The Sunshine State

Florida, The Sunshine State

by Sandra Merville Hart Florida’s nickname is The Sunshine State. Thousands flock to beaches along Florida’s Atlantic coast and Gulf of Mexico coast. The southern part of the state below Lake Okeechobee has a true tropical climate though most of Florida enjoys a humid subtropical climate. The Florida Keys are surrounded by water. Temperatures there rarely fall before 60 degrees Fahrenheit even in winter. No wonder so many people want to travel there. Florida’s early history Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida in 1513. He named the place La Florida, which means “Flowery Easter” or “Flowering Easter” after the “Feast of the Flowers” Easter celebration in Spain. Spain established a new colony in 1565. San Agustin, now called Saint Augustine, was...

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Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park is the third largest park in the continental United States. The Everglades are made up of wetlands, a swamp, a lake, a prairie, a river, and grassland. The river is a very slow-moving river; it starts at Lake Okeechobee and empties into Florida Bay. The park was established in 1947. The Everglades provide 6,000,000 people living in Florida with drinking water. Before the area became a national park, Gladesmen lived there, surviving off the land by hunting and fishing. Airboats are propelled by gigantic fans. These types of boats are used in the Everglades because of shallow water and vegetation. There are many things to do in the park. Visitors may choose to camp. The park offers a tram tour. Canoe and kayak trails offer a great way to...

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