Florida Bound!

18 02 2011

I am currently en route to Florida for a long weekend of fun in the sun. (I know, my last post makes me a hypocrite. But Florida doesn’t expect to get snow -ever, so it’s a little different.) Anyways, I will be traveling to two major cities in the upper half of the state: St. Augustine “The Oldest City in the Country” and Orlando “The Place Where Dreams Come True”.

I like to provide educational experiences whenever I can, so here are a few fun facts about both cities:

St. Augustine

  • Founded in 1565, it is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental United States.
  • The Fountain of Youth is located in St. Augustine.
  • During the Second Seminole War of 1835-1842, Fort Marion (now, Castillo San Marcos) served as a prison for Seminole captives including the famed leader Osceola, the black Seminole, John Cavallo (John Horse) as well as Coacoochee (Wildcat). I only mention this, because I’m pretty sure Coacoochee is the coolest name ever.
  • The Castillo de San Marcos site is the oldest masonry fort in the United States and is in a really cool shape:

  • The fort was also subject to a paranormal investigation by the Travel Channel show, Ghost Adventures [one of my favorite shows!] in 2009.
  • Some notable residents have included Ray Charles, Tom Petty, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence.

Orlando

  • Orlando is home to Walt Disney World, aka: The Happiest Place On Earth.
  • Prior to being known by its current name, Orlando was known as Jernigan. This originates from the first permanent settler, Aaron Jernigan, a cattleman.
  • Disney had considered the regions of Miami and Tampa for his park, one of the major reasons behind his decision not to locate there was due to hurricanes.
  • Orlando has the second largest number of hotel rooms in the country after Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Major motion pictures filmed in Orlando include Jaws 3My GirlThe Waterboy, and Monster.
  • The groups The Backstreet BoysNSync, and O-Town all started in Orlando before becoming nationwide successes.

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