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Florida in 1584
Florida in 1584

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Florida Territory Becomes Our 27th State
How did the eventual home of Disney World become our 27th State? Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain in 1513. But the French were also interested in the territory, and they built Fort Caroline near the mouth of the St. Johns River 1564. A year later, to maintain its control over the territory, Spain destroyed Fort Caroline, and Leon founded our country's oldest continuously settled city in St. Augustine.

Do you know what other country's peoples arrived in Florida after that and what they did?

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