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Florida was named by Ponce de Leon, a Spaniard hunting for the "Fountain of Youth" in 1513. Despite being unsuccessful in his search for the "fountain," he claimed the state and its diverse plant and animal life for Spain. Years later, Spain and England would take turns controlling the land until Spain sold it to the U.S.A. in 1819. Sadly, there were many fierce wars between the settlers and the displaced Seminole Indians in the land now known as Florida.
Today, Florida remains to be a tourism hub in the nation. Their economy is dependent on the influx of visitors to Florida's many theme parks and beautiful cities. There is also a large manufacturing and agriculture industry. Florida is a large supplier of citrus fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit. Surprisingly, melons, sugar cane, and peanuts also grow here.
Tourist magnets include Daytona Beach, home of the Daytona 500 car race.
Orlando houses Disneyworld and Universal Studios, which are ideal destinations for any active family. Science lovers can visit Kennedy Space Center to watch a shuttle launch out on Cape Canaveral. A cultural melting pot, Miami Beach is home to open-air restaurants, clubs, and sandy beaches. Florida is an exceptional vacation getaway for the family.