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1497 - 1514

Europeans see Florida for the first time.

Peter Martyr writes in 1514 of a land near the Bahamas with water of eternal youth.
Flag of Florida

United States of America 1763

Spain gives up Florida for Havana. Great Britain, the new owners find St. Augustine to be a city with about 342 dwellings. Great Britain begins quest for more investors and settlers.

Great Britain return Florida to Spain President Andrew Jackson receives the Floridas from spanish authorities at Pensacola on July 17 after the 1819 agreement was ratified by both parties. President John Tyler signs into law the act granting statehood to Florida on March 3. William D Moseley becomes the states first govenor. The first night flight in aviation history is made by Lincoln Beachey over Tampa.
1941 - 1945
The worlds first sceduled airline service, with pilot Antony Jannus, begins service from St. Petersburg to Tampa on New Years Day. Florida expands with World War II industry as it becomes a training ground for tens of thousands of men and women. Frozen concentrate of citrus juices becomes a major industry. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) begins operations at Cape Canaveral where the US launch its first earth satellite, Explore 1.
The $700 million Walt Disney World opens October 1. The Space Shuttle Challenger launces with the first american woman, Sally Ride, on board. Hurricane Andrew hits South Florida August 24 destroying the town of homestead and parts of adjacent South Dade County. World Cup soccer is held in the United States for the first time with Orlando hosting a series of matches in July.