The first state reached by Europeans, Florida has a lengthy history that was shaped quite differently than some of the other colonies established in the New World, as it transferred hands several times. Not to mention, even before Europeans arrived, Native American tribes in the area carved out their own societies that were unique to their counterparts across the continent, often making it difficult for colonial expansion.
Of course, the merging of these European and Native American societies was only the beginning for Florida, as it quickly became an influential state when it was added to the Union in 1845. The state was instrumental in launching the Civil War and quickly became a destination for resort travel in the decades that followed. However, the progress made by the Sunshine State throughout its history has also been hampered at times due to the violent weather that the state receives during the hurricane seasons.
Now, it's your turn to see how Florida has progressed over the centuries. From pre-colonial times to modern attractions, what makes the state of Florida so unique? Here's your chance to find out.
Whether you're thinking about heading to Florida to bask in the sun or view seaside attractions, first take this quiz and see how much you know about the state's history.