Florida as US State 1845

After centuries of Spanish rule, Florida was admitted as the 27th US state on March 3, 1845.  Florida was first sighted by the Spanish in 1513, who named the land “La Florida”, the flowery land.  The Spanish established Saint Augustine in 1565, which is the oldest European settlement in North America, predating the Jamestown 1607 settlement.  According to the 2010 US Census, Hispanics comprise 22.5% of the population.  The Florida State Flag is based on the Viceroyalty of New Spain flag that waved from the 16th to 19th centuries.

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