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The capital of Florida is Tallahassee.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for Florida: FL
For a short while in 1963, the U.S. Postal Office recommended "FLA" as the abbreviation for Florida. Toward the end of 1963, the Post Office made the currently used "FL" the official abbreviation.
Typical abbreviation for Florida: Fl.
The pronunciation of Florida:
When the people of Florida refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: While the majority of the state is in the Eastern Time (EST/EDT) zone, a small portion of western Florida is located in the Central Time (CST/CDT) zone. All of Florida observes daylight saving time.
The following counties are in the Central Time (CST/CDT) zone:
Nickname for Florida: "The Sunshine State"
State Motto: "In God We Trust"
State Bird: Mockingbird (mimus polyglottos)
State Tree: Cabbage Palmetto (sabal palmetto)
State Flower: Orange Blossom (citrus sinensis)
State Song: "Swanee (or Suwannee) River"
Statehood: Florida became the 27th state on Mar 3, 1845. Florida was the 3rd state to secede from the Union (on Jan 10, 1861) and following the Civil War, was the 3rd Confederate state to be re-admitted (on June 25, 1868).
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