On July 17, 1821 the United States formally obtained Florida from Spain. Andrew Jackson served as temporary governor until November of 1821. In 1822 Congress organized the Territory of Florida. Florida became a state in 1845.
In 1513 Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon claimed the Florida region for Spain. He named the region Florida most probably because he arrived here only a few days after Easter, which in Spanish is called Pascua Florida (Easter of the Flowers).
Happy Birthday Florida!