Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What in the state is considered the most important ecological resource?||Florida
Everglades. The Everglades provides most of the oxygen for the East coast of the United States.
|What city is the state capital?||Florida
Tallahassee. Most people would think of Jacksonville or Miami because they are the largest cities in Florida.
|What battle during the Seminole Indian war was a complete massacre for the Seminoles?||Florida
Dade Battle. During this battle the US commander had his troops circle in the only open area, and when the Seminole chief saw this he thought it was a sign from the Gods to kill all the soldiers. There were no survivors from the Dade Battlefield.
|What famed frontiersman fought the Indians in Florida?||Florida
Davy Crockett. He had fought alongside Jackson in Florida before fighting at the Alamo.
|Who was the Indian Chief that refused to sign a peace treaty with the US?||Florida
Osceola. Osceola was the Chief of the Seminole indians when the US tried to get them to sign a treaty. Legend has it that when he was told of an attack on his people and was lied to by the US he refused to sign and actually stabbed his knife through the treaty when asked to sign. The US officials did not think he could understand English, but he could, so he knew they were lying to him. They then put him in prison.
|What mammal is found here on the Florida coast that was once believed to be mermaids by sailors?||Florida
Manatee. The Manatee is one of the most remarkable mammals found in Florida. These animals are vegetarians and do not harm any other animals in the world. Their only enemy is man and the boats that man uses are what kills the majority of these very friendly animals.
|What is the oldest city in the US founded by a European?||Florida
St Augustine. St Augustine is the oldest European-founded city in America and still has the original Spanish fort. (Some cities founded by Native Americans in the South West are older).
|What was the explorer who discovered Florida supposedly looking for (apart from riches)?||Florida
The Fountain of Youth. The popular story that he was seeking the Fountain of Youth was only attached to his life story years after his death and has parallels in a range of cultures.
Ponce De Leon. Ponce De Leon came to Florida in search of the fountain of youth.
Alligator. The State Reptile is the American Alligator. There are only two kinds of alligators, the American and Chinese. They are also primarily nocturnal.
Britton Hill. Britton Hill is 345 feet above sea level and located near a town called Lakewood in Walton County. The average elevation in Florida is only 98 feet above sea level. Its lowest elevation is at 0 feet at the Atlantic Ocean.
t. This is true because only one of the Great Lakes is solely an American lake. Lake Michigan is the only lake larger than Lake Okeechobee.
"In God We Trust". "In God We Trust" is also the U.S. national motto. All the other sayings are mottos of different states.
Panther. Panthers east of the Mississippi River can only be found in Florida and are mainly nocturnal. Panthers at their greatest population could be found almost anywhere in the South Eastern United States, but the Florida Panther has become an endangered species and can only be found at the very tip of the Florida Peninsula.
Miami. Janet Reno was Bill Clinton's Attorney General from 1993 to 2001. She was born on July 21, 1938 and attended Cornell University. She also got a Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School.
t. Gatorade was developed at the University of Florida and named after their team. Gatorade was the first sports energy drink ever made.
Delta Burke. All of these actresses were born in Florida except Sharon Stone, who was born in Pennsylvania.
|Cape Canaveral was where the first American astronauts were launched into space. What was Cape Canaveral's name changed to?||Florida Facts and History
Cape Kennedy. Cape Canaveral's name was changed to Cape Kennedy in honor of John F. Kennedy in 1963 then renamed Cape Canaveral in the mid-1970's. Cape Canaveral has been the site of all space shuttle launches since America started sending astronauts into space.
WTVJ-TV. WTVJ-TV went on air sometime in 1949 making it Florida's first TV station. WDAE was Florida's first radio broadcasting station. The other two stations are more recent Florida television stations.
Palm Beach. Palm Beach County has a population of 1,287,000. It had to conduct a recount during 2000 presidential election. Boca Raton, in the same county, was the first town to receive the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Joseph Giuseppe Zangara. Joseph Zangara, also known as Giuseppe Zangara, attempted to murder Roosevelt with a handgun on February 15, 1933. Five people near him were wounded. One man who was wounded was the Chicago Mayor at the time, Anton Cermak. Cermak was the only person killed and may have been the intended target. Zangara was sentenced to 80 years in the prison at Raiford, but was convicted of murder when Cermak died - and he was executed by the electric chair.
Zena B. Dreier. Her vote was cast in Fellsmore, Florida in 1915.
Raiford. Florida's State Prison was moved to Raiford in 1877. There is a Lynyrd Skynyrd song titled "Four Walls of Raiford"; it was written by Jeff Carlisi and Ronnie Van Zant.
Seminole Wars. The Apalachee and Seminole Indian tribes were both located in Florida. There are still Seminoles in Florida but most of them were forced west by 1859.
FSU, UF, Stetson University, Rollins College. Florida State University was established in 1851, the University of Florida in 1853, Stetson University in 1883, then Rollins College in 1885. They were the earliest founded Universities in Florida.
John Branch. John Branch was Governor of the Florida Territory when it became a state. William Duval was the first non-military Governor while the state was still a territory. William D. Moseley was the first elected Governor of Florida.
James K. Polk. Florida became a state on March 3, 1845 only a few months into Polk's Presidency. Andrew Jackson also had some influence on Florida, having been being named the military Governor of Florida in 1821.
|When Juan Ponce de Leon reached the coast of Florida he named it in honor of a Spanish Easter celebration called Pascua florida. What does Pascua florida translate to in English?||Florida Facts and History
"feast of the flowers". Juan Ponce de Leon was the Spanish explorer that discovered Florida in 1513. The actual name he gave Florida was "la Florida".
Spain. Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish explorer and adventurer. Other Europeans may have discovered Florida earlier but there is no historical record of it.
|The first flights of Pan American Airways served Key West and Havana. The original terminal for Pan Am is now a restaurant named for a famous entertainer. Who is the entertainer?||The Florida Keys
Kelly McGillis. You might think Jimmy Buffet as he is definitely a flying boat loving sometimes resident of Key West but it's actually Kelly McGillis. Kelly's still carries her name but she has not been involved in the restaurant for years.
|At great financial and personal cost, Mel Fisher found a huge treasure of gold, silver, jewels, and more from the wreck of the Atocha. What is the name of the slaver trade ship he also discovered filled with rich historical treasures?||The Florida Keys
Henrietta Marie. The Santa Margarita was a sister ship of the Atocha. The St. Johns wreck is another unrelated Spanish wreck discovered by his company. At the time of the wreck of the Atocha the Keys were known in Spain as the Matecumbes. Today two keys near Islamorada are still named Upper and Lower Matecumbe.