Florida is Spanish for flowering and the peninsula was so named by Juan Ponce de León on 2 April 1513. He landed in the territory on that day and named it after the Easter season or Pascua Florida, which was being celebrated at the time.1
1Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, edited by Philip Babcock Gove (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1993), 874;
Illustrated Dictionary of Place Names, edited by Kelsie B. Harder (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976), 179.
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