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  • Florida has had six Constitutions since it became a state. The first Constitution was drafted in Saint Joseph, now known as Port St. Joe. Presently, Florida is governed by the Constitution of 1968, as subsequently amended.
  • The total land area of Florida is 54,252 square miles. The total water area is 4,308 square miles.
  • Construction of Florida's present Capitol required 3,700 tons of structural steel and 2,800 tons of reinforcing steel. The Capitol contains 25,000 cubic feet of concrete, the equivalent of 16 football fields, each one foot thick.
  • Florida has been home to such famed writers as Ernest Hemingway, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Tennessee Williams.
  • The word "Tallahassee" is of Creek derivation and is frequently translated as "old town" or "old fields." The name may have been taken from the Seminole Indians who occupied the area.
  • The St. John's River is one of the few rivers that flows north instead of south, and at 273 miles in length, it's Florida's longest river.
  • Florida has more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams, and waterways.
  • Seven student athletes from Florida universities have won the Heisman Trophy including University of Florida quarterback Steve Spurrier (1966), University of Miami quarterbacks Vinny Testaverde (1986) and Gino Torretta (1992), Florida State University quarterback Charlie Ward (1993), University of Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel (1996), Florida State University quarterback Chris Weinke (2000), and University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow (2007).
  • DeFuniak Springs is home to one of the two naturally round lakes in the world.
  • Ft. Lauderdale is known as the Venice of America because it has 185 miles of local waterways.
  • Florida's highest natural point is 345 feet, located near Lakewood in Walton County.
  • "Stormsong," the 50-foot long pod of leaping dolphins in front of the Capitol, is made of stainless steel and recycled aluminum and weighs 8,000 pounds (four tons).

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