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León, seeking the mythical “Fountain
of Youth,” discovered and named Florida, claiming it for Spain.
Later, Florida would be held at different times by Spain and
England until Spain finally sold it to the United States in
1819. (Incidentally, France established a colony named Fort
Caroline in 1564 in the state that was to become Florida.)Florida's
history in the early 19th century was marked by
which did not end until 1842.
Florida's economy rests on a solid
base of tourism, manufacturing, and agriculture. Leading the
manufacturing sector are electrical equipment and electronics,
printing and publishing, transportation equipment, food
processing, and machinery. Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus
fruits lead Florida's agricultural products list, followed by
potatoes, melons, strawberries, sugar cane, peanuts, dairy
products, and cattle.
South Florida Real