Posted by: Karen Fowler
The United States of America has a great number of popular vacation destinations. Vacationers have the option of different types of locations. Among the choices are warm weather areas, cooler weather areas, historic areas and many other possibilities. However, one of the most popular destinations for individuals and families in the United States is the state of Florida.
As a vacation destination, Florida offers visitors a wide range of options for vacation activities. People have the choice of beaches, the ocean, nightlife, family destinations and much more. But many people don't know about the history of Florida and how it evolved into one of the most popular places in the U.S. and the world.
The state of Florida began as a territory occupied by native Americans. In 1513 the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the territory of Florida. This began the area being ruled by Spain from 1513 until 1763, when the British assumed control. The British remained in control until the end of the American Revolution when the territory reverted back to Spanish control.
In 1822, America was looking to expand and gained control of Florida. The area remained a territory until 1845, when it became a state. In the subsequent years, the state has grown to being one of the premier destination spots in the United States and even around the world.
To learn more about the history of Florida, here are some helpful resources. We hope you enjoy learning more about the great sunshine state of Florida!
  • Florida Museum of Natural History - Educational web site which helps visitors discover the history of Florida.
  • Summary of Florida History - This page provides a brief overview of the history of the state of Florida dating back to native American time.
  • Florida History Curriculum - Informational web page which provides a number of resources to help learn about Florida.
  • About Florida - Useful information from the Museum of Florida History which provides historical data on the state.
  • History and Culture of Florida Tribes - A helpful web page which gives a look at the history of tribes native to Florida.
  • Native American Maps - A look at the tribes that were native to Florida through a series of maps.
  • Native Tribe Resources - Information and bibliography of resources that are available to learn more about the tribes of Florida.
  • Florida of the Indians - This page provides a look at the origins of Florida and the tribes that inhabited the territory.
  • Ponce de Leon - Informative web page which looks at the Spanish explorer who discovered Florida.
  • De Leon Biography - Biographical look at the life of the explorer from
  • Discovery of Florida - Information on the discovery of Florida on April 2, 1513.
  • Spanish Colonization - Article which provides a look at Florida under Spanish rule.
  • Florida's Early History - Informative lesson plan which looks at Florida's early history under rule of Spain.
  • British Rule - In this article you will learn about life in the Florida territory under rule of the British.
  • British Rule Summary - Article that gives a summary of life in the Florida territory under Britain's rule.
  • British Florida - Summary of the life in Florida as a British settlement.
  • Florida Becomes a Territory - Information on Florida becoming a territory belonging to the United States.
  • U.S. Territory - Helpful lesson plan which covers the events surrounding Florida becoming a territory of the United States.
  • Territorial Period - A look at the time frame when Florida become a territory of the U.S.
  • Florida Statehood - Historical look at how Florida became an official state.
  • Statehood and Later - Maps and more information on how Florida became a part of the United States.
  • Florida Joins the Union - Information and background data on how Florida joined the U.S. in 1845.
  • Civil War Sites - Informative historical page with information on the Civil War battles that occurred in Florida.
  • Activities in Florida - A timeline of events that happened in Florida during the Civil War.
  • Florida and the Civil War - In this collection of information you will find a wide array of data on Florida's involvement in the Civil War.
  • Famous Floridians - Information from the Jacksonville Library which provides brief biographical sketches on famous people born in the state.
  • Florida Quick Facts - This page looks at a variety of information and facts about the state of Florida.
  • Florida Census Facts - Informative look at the state of Florida derived from the 2010 United States Census.
  • Facts for Kids - Kid-friendly page with information on different subjects about Florida for kids.
  • Facts About Florida - Useful site with information on a wide range of topics for kids.