1893 Florida Boat Ride at Silver Springs
1893 Florida Boat Ride at Silver Springs

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-Named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the coast of Florida on April 2, 1513

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-On March 3, 1845, Florida became the 27th state of the United States of America On January 10, 1861, before the formal outbreak of the Civil War, Florida seceded from the Union

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