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State Seal. The State Seal was created by joint resolution in the 1865 Legislature. The resolution mandated: "A Seal of the size of the American silver dollar, having in the center thereof a view of the sun's rays over a high land in the distance, a cocoa tree, a steamboat on water, and an Indian female scattering flowers in the foreground, encircled by the words, 'Great Seal of the State of Florida: In God We Trust.' " In 1985, a revised Great Seal of the State of Florida was presented to the Governor and Cabinet which corrected historical errors.

State Flag. Many different flags have flown over Florida. These flags include those of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States, and the United States of America. The 1899 Legislature adopted a joint resolution that led to the design of our current flag: "The State Flag shall conform with standard commercial sizes and be of the following proportions and descriptions: The seal of the state, in diameter one-half of the hoist, shall occupy the center of a white ground. Red Bars, in width one-fifth the hoist, shall extend from each corner towards the center, to the outer rim of the seal."

State Beverage. Orange juice was named the state beverage of Florida by the 1967 Legislature. The production of orange juice became a multi-million dollar industry in Florida during the Second World War.

State Flower. The orange blossom became the state flower through a concurrent resolution passed by the 1909 Legislature. This fragrant flower is found in central and south Florida.

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