Since World War II, Florid's economy also has become more
diverse. Tourism, cattle, citrus, and phosphate have been
joined by a host of new industries that have greatly expanded
the numbers of jobs available to residents. Electronics,
plastics, construction, real estate, and international banking
are among the state's more recently-developed industries.
Several major U.S. corporations have moved their headquarters
to Florida. An interstate highway system exists throughout
the state, and Florida is home to major international airports.
The university and community college system has expanded
rapidly, and high-technology industries have grown steadily.
The U.S. space programs its historic launches from Cape
Canaveral, lunar landings, and the development of the space
shuttle programs brought much media attention to the state.
The citrus industry continues to prosper, despite occasional
winter freezes, and tourism also remains important, bolstered
by large capital investments. Florida attractions, such
as the large theme parks in the Orlando area, bring millions
of visitors to the state from across the U.S. and around
Today, Floridians study their state's long history to learn
more about the lives of the men and women who shaped their
exciting past. By learning about our rich and varied heritage,
we can draw lessons to help create a better Florida for
all of its citizens.
Text from: A Short History of Florida
Used with the permission of Florida's Division of Historical