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Facts About Florida History: 5 Things You Might Not Know

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 04:37 PM

One of the facts about Florida that most people know is that Ponce De Leon discovered it about 500 years ago.

1. But many don't know that on this fact-finding trip, he also discovered the Gulf Stream, a swift ocean current originating at the southern tip of Florida. The strong current carried Florida's first international tourist rapidly northward, leading him to realize that his return to Spain would be much quicker by following it.

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Florida's loggerhead sea turtles, however, might take issue with this fact. The loggerhead turtle is the most common sea turtle found in Florida. They've been around for millions of years, and many take to the Gulf Stream right after birth.

According to Florida's Fish and Wildlife Commission, 90 percent of all loggerhead in the United States build nests each year along Florida’s eastern coast. Their favorite nesting place of all is Florida's Brevard County, which hosted nearly 25,000 loggerhead nests in 2013.

3. The same part of Florida is also known as Space Coast. Situated in the middle of Florida's eastern shoreline and offering good logistics for launching people and payloads into space, it hosted NASA's manned spaceflights from 1961 to 2011. And to boost its image as the liftoff capital of the world, in 1999, its three-digit telephone area code became 321, suggesting the countdown preceding a rocket launch.

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4. In 2011 Florida police took custody of an 8-foot Lego figure named Ego Leonard. The figure washed up on a Florida beach about 75 airline miles from Legoland Florida. The Florida theme park denied any involvement, despite having opened only a few weeks before Leonard landed on the beaches of Siesta Key Village.

5. During the '60s, a group of African-American artists painted depictions of Florida's beaches, inlets, rolling waves, and other central coast scenes using bold colors that synthesized the natural forms. They became know as the Highwaymen.

At the time is was impossible for them to get their paintings into a gallery, so Florida's Highwaymen worked around the problem by selling their paintings straight to motels, offices and other nontraditional art venues. As of the 21st century, their paintings sell for thousands of dollars and have been purchased by Steven Spielberg, Michelle Obama, and Jeb Bush.

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One of the facts about Florida that most people know is that Ponce De Leon discovered it about 500 years ago. But many don't know that on this fact-finding trip, he also discovered the Gulf Stream, a swift ocean current originating at the southern tip of Florida.
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