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Florida

A map of FloridaA map of FloridaFlorida is located in the southeastern United States. The northwestern “panhandle” is gently rolling country, interspersed with swamps along the coast. Most of the state occupies a peninsula lying between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It is low and flat with a few rolling hills. Much of the east coast is flanked by sandbars and barrier islands. Central Florida is dotted with lakes, with Lake Okeechobee the largest. The Everglades in the south, which includes Big Cypress Swamp, is an extremely wide, slow-flowing river. Stretching off from the peninsula's tip are the Florida Keys, a chain of islands and reefs linked to the mainland by a causeway.

Fort Jefferson, Florida KeysFort Jefferson, Florida Keys

Name

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León was the first European to set foot on what is now Florida. Landing there during the Easter season—called Pascua Florida (“Feast of Flowers”) in Spanish—in 1513, he named it La Florida (“Land of Flowers"). It is said Ponce de León was searching for the Fountain of Youth, a spring that supposedly restored the youth of anyone who drunk or bathed in it, but this is a myth.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa BaySunshine Skyway Bridge, Tampa Bay

Climate

Florida has the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, approximately 2170 km (1350 miles).

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