History of the Florida Flag
The Florida State Flag features a white field with a red diagonal cross (saltire). In the center of the cross, is a superimposed seal of Florida. The seal of Florida features a Seminole (Native American woman) who is scattering flowers, a brilliant sun, a Cabbage Palmetto tree, and a sailing steamboat. The words "Great Seal of the state of Florida" and "In God we Trust" are encircled on the seal. The colors that are used on the flag do not have any significant or specific meaning. The Seminole lady on the seal scattering the flowers represents the blooming flowers of Florida, the sun represents the ample sunshine that the state has, the Palm trees represent the various different species of palm trees that are found in Florida, and the steaming sailboat represents Florida's river and lakes. The Florida State Flag was originally adopted on November 6th, 1900 but was modified to the current one on May 21st, 1985.
Florida is a Southeastern State in the United States of America that shares borders with Alabama, Georgia, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It is known as a "Peninsula" which is a state that is mainly surrounded by water. It is the fourth most populated state following New York, Texas, and California as well as the second flattest state. The capital of Florida is called Tallahassee and the largest city is called Jacksonville. Florida is also referred to as "The Sunshine State."
Florida was first inhabited approximately 14,000 years ago by American Native Tribes that included Timucua, Apalachee, Calusa, and Creek. The first European to arrive to Florida was the Spanish Conqueror, Ponce de Leon, who came in search for gold and silver but was unsuccessful but did discover the fertile farmland and coastline. Ponce de Leon named Florida "LaFlorida" which translated as "Place of Flowers" which was either to honor the various, colorful and blooming flowers or he named it to honor Spain's "Pascua Florida" which is the "Feast of flowers."
Following Ponce de Leon's arrival to Florida, the Spanish began to establish settlements which included St. Augustine in 1965, which is one of the oldest occupied European settlements in Continental United States of America (the 48 states and Washington D.C on the North America continent) and the Florida government. Shortly after the Spanish settlements, the English arrived and began settling in the North and the French began settling in the West. In 1672, the English attacked the city of St. Augustine by burning which resulted in the Spanish building "Castillo de San Marcos" which is the oldest fort in Continental USA as well as "Fort Matanzas" which is now as national monument. In 1763, Spain gave control of Florida to the British in exchange for Havana (which is located in Cuba) as Britain had control of it following the "Seven Years' War." In 1783, Spain regained control of Florida following the American Revolution and Britain's defeat until 1821, when Spain gave Florida to the United States of America.