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The geographical area of Florida diminished with the establishment of English settlements to the north and French claims to the west. Augustine, burning the city and its cathedral to the ground several times.

Today, Florida is distinctive for its large Cuban expatriate community and high population growth, as well as for its increasing environmental issues.

The state's economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century.

Florida has attracted many writers such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, and continues to attract celebrities and athletes.

It is internationally known for golf, tennis, auto racing and water sports.

This would be the first permanent English-speaking population in what is now Duval County, Baker County, St. The British built good public roads and introduced the cultivation of sugar cane, indigo and fruits as well the export of lumber.

As a result of these initiatives northeastern Florida prospered economically in a way it never did under Spanish administration.

By the 16th century (the earliest time for which there is a historical record), major Native American groups included the Apalachee (of the Florida Panhandle), the Timucua (of northern and central Florida), the Ais (of the central Atlantic coast), the Tocobaga (of the Tampa Bay area), the Calusa (of southwest Florida) and the Tequesta (of the southeastern coast).