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About Florida

The Museum of Florida History is pleased to recommend web sites and books that introduce youth and adults to the Sunshine State. Many of these resources are ideal for students who are preparing a Florida report. To plan a Florida vacation, contact the state tourism agency at www.visitflorida.com.

  1. For information about Florida history, culture, facts, and symbols (i.e., the state tree, bird, etc.), look at these web pages of the Division of Historical Resources.

  2. The Florida Memory Project created by the Florida State Archives includes historic photographs, documents, lesson plans, and a timeline of Florida history.

  3. Exploring Florida, created by the Florida Center for Information Technology at the University of South Florida, features thousands of primary sources including documents, maps, photos, and other media.

  4. Information about Florida's political system and political history can be found through the home pages of the Office of the Governor and the State Legislature.

  5. The Florida State Library's Florida Government Information Locator, with links to state agencies, offers access to information about natural resources, industries, population, and other topics.

  6. The federal government has posted population statistics, based on the 2000 federal census.

  7. From north to south, Florida's weather can be varied and variable.

  8. The Florida Association of Museums web site provides an overview of popular tourist activities.

  9. From the silver screen to the sports field, famous Floridians are part of Florida's past and present.

  10. Several web sites provide "fast Florida facts" — details such as size, geographic features, and other details. Be aware that the information sometimes varies from site to site and may not be up to date.

  11. Tallahassee, Florida's capital since 1824, offers residents and visitors an array of attractions, amenities, and pastimes.

  12. Florida's History Shop offers an array of Florida-related books, mementos, post cards, gifts, and other items that are suitable for people of all ages.

  13. Three books that provide a lot of material about Florida can be found at a library or borrowed through interlibrary loan. The Florida Handbook, which includes short essays about virtually every aspect of Florida government, commerce, natural resources, history, and demographics, is updated and reprinted every two years. In general, only the statistics change from edition to edition; the essays remain the same. The Florida Atlas is equally informative, but its details are shared in the form of maps. Florida: A Short History is a concise and readable overview of Florida's distant and recent past.

    • Morris, Allen, and Joan Morris. The Florida Handbook. Tallahassee: Peninsular Press, biennial.
    • Fernald, Edward. The Florida Atlas. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1992.
    • Gannon, Michael. Florida: A Short History. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1993.

Happy exploring!