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Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513.
The British soon constructed the King's Road connecting St. The British government gave land grants to officers and soldiers who had fought in the French and Indian War in order to encourage settlement.
state of Georgia; to the east by the Atlantic Ocean; and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States (due to the consolidation of Jacksonville with Duval County).
It is the only state that borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The American alligator, American crocodile, Florida panther, and manatee can be found in Everglades National Park in the southern part of the state. Since the first European contact was made in 1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León – who named it La Florida ( – Florida was a challenge for the European colonial powers before it gained statehood in the United States in 1845.
The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century.
Florida is also renowned for amusement parks, orange crops, the Kennedy Space Center, and as a popular destination for retirees.