4-9 The State of Florida

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The great state of Florida became the 27th state on March 3, 1845.  Tallahassee was named the state capital in 1824 by Florida's first territorial governor, William P. DuVal.   Juan Ponce de Leon arrived in the now state of Florida on March 27, 1513. He named it "Pascua Florida" because he arrived during the time of the Feast of Flowers.  The Florida state reptile is the American Alligator.  Alligators can be found throughout the state of Florida.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "In God We Trust"  
Nickname "The Sunshine State"  
State Beverage Orange Juice 1967
State Bird Mockingbird  
State Flower Orange Blossom 1909
State Song Suwannee River  
State Tree Sabal Palm 1953
State Flag  
State Seal  
State Insect Zebra Longwing 1996
State Animal Panther 1982
State Marine Mammal Manatee  
State Saltwater Mammal Porpoise 1975
State Saltwater Fish Sailfish  
State Freshwater Fish Largemouth Bass  

Complete the questions below.

1.  The Florida state saltwater fish is the .

2.  Florida became the 27th state on March 3, .

3.  "Suwannee River" is Florida's state .

4.  Florida's saltwater mammal is the .

5.  arrived in Florida on March 27, 1513.

6.  The state reptile is the .

7.  The panther is Florida's state .

8.  Florida's nickname is the .

9.  The state tree is the .

10.  Florida's state insect is a butterfly called the .



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