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Five interesting facts about Florida

March 28, 2019

Sight seen 5 centuries ago

On March 27, 1513, or 506 years ago today, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted present-day Florida.

A destination like no other

The Walt Disney World Resort is in Florida. It is the planet’s most visited and biggest recreational resort. It was established in 1971 and is about the same size as San Francisco.

Oldest city located there

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously settled city in the United States. It is situated on a peninsula between two saltwater rivers. It was founded in 1565.

The citrus capital

Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in the United States, and the majority of the harvest of citrus fruits goes into juice making.

Hurricanes a seasonal hazard

June 1 to November 30 is the hurricane season in Florida, which is the most hurricane-prone state in the U.S. Hurricanes in the past have cost the state billions in damages.

Source: thefactfile.org