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Facts and Figures
Ponce de León named the region for the many flowers he saw here. Florida is a Spanish word that means full of flowers.

Famous Floridians
Famous Floridians

Official Symbols of Florida
Official Symbols of Florida
In recognition of the fact that the Apollo 11 mission, which landed the first men on the Moon was launched from Florida, as were all other U.S. manned missions, the Florida Legislature named Moonstone as the official state GEM in 1970. Ironically, the moonstone is not found naturally in Florida, nor on the Moon for that matter.

History
History

The Everglades
The Everglades
are one of the largest and most interesting swamp areas in the world. They cover over 2,700 square miles in the southern part of Florida, stretching south from Lake Okeechobee and merging into saltwater marshes and mangrove swamps near the Bay of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico.

Lake Okeechobee
Lake Okeechobee
is the fourth largest lake completely within the United States, and the largest in the Southern United States. Covering about 730 square miles of south-central Florida, it has an average depth of only nine feet.

Cities, Towns, Etc.

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