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Updated: 03/06/2014 08:00:03AM

Snowbirds and palmetto bugs

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Now that the migration of Florida’s winter residents is in full swing, I thought I’d use as today’s column topic some pertinent information about the great state of Florida. It will be handy for those coming this way to learn about the state and for us natives to bone up on what we know about it, so that it might be shared with visitors. Florida trivia, I suppose is what it is.

Did you know that our state once had a first name? It was Pascua Florida, given by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513, for the Feast of Flowers. I have no idea what happened to the Pascua part of the name. And I sometimes wonder if there ever was a middle name. You know, something like Pascua Send-Us-Your-Tourists Florida.

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