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Educational Standards

Learn about Florida history and more through this educational activity book featuring artwork by Christopher Still. The content aligns with Next Generation Sunshine State Standards benchmarks for fourth and fifth-grade social studies, art, and science.

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In April 2013, Florida commemorated the 500th anniversary of the first known landing of Europeans on its soil. The expedition led by Juan Ponce de León in 1513, followed by other Spanish and French explorers and colonists, encountered diverse and well-developed groups of native inhabitants, whose predecessors had occupied the peninsula for at least 10,000 years.

Florida's human and natural landscapes have changed dramatically in the last five centuries. Viva Florida 500 was a statewide initiative to mark the onset of these changes and also celebrate the vibrant and dynamic cultural legacy that has resulted. To help young people visualize and appreciate Florida's growth over time, this booklet features eight paintings by artist Christopher M. Still and related activities that explore different eras in state history.