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Florida Celebrates 500th Birthday

By: CNN
By: CNN

On April second, the state of Florida marks a big milestone -- its 500th birthday!

On that date in 1513, Juan Ponce de León landed on the East Coast of the area he named La Florida.

History states he became the first recorded European to walk on what's now the continental United States of America.

Saint Augustine was founded two years later, making it the country's oldest city.

As part of a year-long celebration, there will be hundreds of events to help visitors and residents learn more about Florida's history and some fun facts.

For example, the Florida Everglades is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live side by side.


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