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Top US 10 Cities and Regions - Florida
The state of Florida is located in the southeastern region of the United States. This state is basically a large peninsula that is bordered by the states of Georgia and Alabama on the north, the Atlantic Ocean on the east and south, and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. This state encompasses 65,755 square miles divided into sixty-seven counties.
The population of Florida is 18,801,310. The capital of Florida is Tallahassee, and the state's largest city is Jacksonville. Other large cities include Miami, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, and Hollywood.
The climate of northern and central Florida is humid subtropical, and the climate of southern Florida is tropical. The rainy season for the entire state is June through September. This area is prone to severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
The area that now makes up the state of Florida was first discovered by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 as he searched for the mythical Fountain of Youth. He named this area "La Florida" ("Flowery Land"). In 1539, Spaniard Hernando de Soto explored this area. In 1564, French missionaries built a fort in the area that is now Jacksonville. In 1763, Spain lost Florida to England; however, during the Revolutionary War, Spanish troops again took over Florida. In 1822, this area was settled by U.S. citizens, and it was officially made a state in 1845. During the early 1900s, this area grew rapidly; swamps were drained, and railroads expanded into the area.
The major industries in Florida include international trade, tourism, aerospace, agriculture, construction, software, health care, and research. Major tourist attractions are Daytona Beach, Miami Beach, Palm Beach, Key West, Disney World, the Everglades National Park, NASA Kennedy Space Center's Spaceport USA, and the Epcot Center.