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FLORIDA FACTS

Total area: 58,560 square miles

Total land area: 54,136 square miles

Total water area: 4,424 square miles

Rank among states in 1990 population: Fourth; increase of 1990 population over 1980 _ 33.4 percent

Length north and south: (St. Marys River to Key West) 447 miles

Width east and west: (Atlantic Ocean to Perdido River) 361 miles

Highest known natural point: Hill of 345 feet near Lakewood in northeast Walton County

Number of counties: 67

First colonization: Pensacola Bay, by Spaniards, 1559; settlement abandoned after two years

Oldest permanent settlement: St. Augustine, by Spaniards in 1565 (also oldest in U.S.)

Acquired by United States: from Spain, by treaty in 1821

Admitted to Union as State: March 3, 1845

Rank among states of admission: 27th

State nickname: The Sunshine State

State bird: Mockingbird

State mammal: Florida panther

State flower: Orange Blossom

State song: Old Folks at Home

State tree: Sabal Palm

State beverage: Orange juice

Source: The 1991-1992 Florida Handbook compiled by Allen Morris.

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