The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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February 3, 2014

A museum in Sanibel owns 2 million shells and claims

and other state facts of Florida

1.Greater Miami is the only metropolitan area in the United States whose borders encompass two national parks. You can hike through pristine Everglades National Park or ride on glass-bottom boats across Biscayne National Park.

 2.Saint Augustine is the oldest European settlement in North America.

3.The name Punta Gorda, which means, "fat point" when translated from Spanish. The moniker was given to the city because a broad part of the land in Punta Gorda juts into Charlotte Harbor. The harbor itself is somewhat unique, as it is the point where the Peace River meets the ocean.

 4.Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the United States.

 5.New England Congregationalists who sought to bring their style of liberal arts education to the state founded Rollins College, the oldest college in Florida, in Winter Park in 1885.

 6.Cape Canaveral is America's launch pad for space flights.

7.Florida is not the southernmost state in the United States. Hawaii is farther south.

 8.A museum in Sanibel owns 2 million shells and claims to be the world's only museum devoted solely to mollusks.

 9.The Benwood, on French Reef in the Florida Keys, is known as one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.

 10.Safety Harbor is the home of the historic Espiritu Santo Springs. Given this name in 1539 by the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. He was searching for the legendary Fountain of Youth. The natural springs have attracted attention worldwide for their curative powers.

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