1498-1502- Europeans first discovered Florida's coast.
1513- Juan Ponce de Leon landed North of Cape Canaveral and gave Florida its name.
1564 - French missionaries settled Fort Caroline in 1564. A year later, Spanish troops arrived and drove the French out and established St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement.
1845- Florida was admitted into the union as a slave state on March 3, 1845.
1861-1865- Conflict about states' rights led to the Civil War.
1868- After the Civil Warm Florida was readmitted to the Union with a new state constitution
1912- Florida's population grew immensely during the early 1900s. Railroads expanded 1912, opening new land and it allowed growth. Swamps were drained and tourist industries attracted people from all over the world.
1945- Since Florida became the 27th state in the Union, William D. Moseley