While populated some 12,000 years ago by hunter-gatherer cultures, Florida's first written history began with the arrival of the Spaniard Ponce de Leon in 1513. The first permanent European settlement was established in 1565 at St. Augustine. The area was under the control of the Spanish, followed by the British, and again by Spain. It was acquired from Spain as a US Territory in1821 and admitted as the 27th of the United States in 1845.
Ranked 22nd of states with respect to total land and water area, Florida is the 4th largest state in terms of population.
This information was drawn from the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources website, where you will find more detail on Florida and its history.
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