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The state of Florida is located in the southeastern United States on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. To the north, Florida is bordered by Georgia and Alabama, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the west by the Gulf of Mexico.
According to Census Bureau statistics from 2010, Florida's population is 18,801,310, making it the 4th most populous state in the country. Florida's territory is ranked as the 22nd in the United States.
Florida's largest city is Jacksonville, but its capital is Tallahassee.
History of Florida
Florida received its name from Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish conquistador, who landed there at some point during the Easter season in 1513 and called it La Florida, which means Flowery Land and is close to Pascua Florida, which translates roughly as Flowery Easter. However, Ponce de Leon was likely not the first European to visit Florida, because there were reports of some tribesman, who spoke Spanish and whom Ponce de Leon met in Florida in 1513.
The Spanish control over the territory that they were able to maintain for a period of time by converting the local tribes was reduced and weakened when French and English colonies were established both to the north and to the west of the areas under the Spanish control.
Florida became a state in 1845. The territory of Florida was a primary site of the Seminole Wars against the Indians, later followed by racial separation after the American Civil War.
The Spanish dominance in the region was furthermore weakened by the English, who provided their Creek and Yamasee allies with firearms. The English also strongly recommended and pushed for their allies to raid the tribes friendly to the Spanish (Timucuan and Apalachee tribes). The residents of St. Augustine were forced to hide in the Castillo de San Marcos on multiple occasions, when the English attacked and burned the city and its cathedral to the ground.
For some time during the 1700's, Britain divided Florida territory into East and West Florida, each with its own capital. After Britain was defended by the American colonies, Florida's territory went to Spain. Spanish increased Florida's population by offering land grants to anyone who would accept them and move there. Many Americans took advantage of this offer.
Today, Florida's parks are amongst the most famous attractions in the world, its large Hispanic community enhances the state's culture, and its oranges are famous across the United States.
The name of the current Governor of the state of Florida is Richard Lynn "Rick" Scott. He is the 45th and current Governor of Florida. Richard Scott is famous for his entrepreneurial skills.
Scott graduated from high school in 1970, and went to community college for 1 year. Then he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Scott later graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
In 1987, Scott and two business partners founded the Columbia Hospital Corporation. After its merge with Hospital Corporation of America, it became the largest private for-profit health care company in the U.S. He resigned after the 1997 scandal over the company's business and Medicare billing practices. Scott later became a venture capitalist, and announced his decision to run for Governor of Florida in 2010. Scott defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a close race in the 2010 Florida gubernatorial election.
In 1972, he married his high school sweetheart, Ann. The are still together. Ann and Scott have founded the nondenominational Naples Community Church.
Governor of Florida:
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
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