|Nickname||The Sunshine State|
Florida is a U.S. state in the Southern United States. Florida is composed of a peninsula jutting into the Caribbean Sea, and the Florida Panhandle. Florida borders Georgia and Alabama to the north. Florida is a popular tourist destination due to its tropical climate and beaches. Florida was originally colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century; Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously existing European settlement in the United States. Florida was annexed by the U.S. in 1819. Florida has a large Cuban-American population due to its proximity to Cuba. The capital of Florida is Tallahassee, and the largest city is Jacksonville.