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Florida Symbols, State Names
Browse the state's symbols; state animal, state bird, state flower, state flag, state fossil, state insect, state motto, state seal, state tree, color, dance, fish, mammal, music, nut, reptile seal, and miscellaneous designations, emblems, and mascot of each state with pictures. Find origin of the state name. View the state almanacs, state timelines and peruse state facts and stats such as the capitol, location, and date admitted to the union.
Source: Florida Handbook, 1997-1998, by Allen Morris.
Sunshine State - “Sunshine State” was adopted as the State Nickname by the 1970 Legislature. Previously, official sanction for this nickname could be inferred from the law requiring use of Sunshine State on motor vehicle licenses. Florida is the Sunshine State because of the vast amount of sunshine it receives.
Alligator State (No other state is nicknamed for a reptile.)
Origin of Name
Named for the day on which it was discovered (April 2, 1513) by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, who called it La Florida in honor of Pascua Florida, the Spanish Feast of the Flowers (Easter.)
Floridian, Floridan, also sometimes referred to as a Gator or Cracker
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