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5 Fun Facts About March 1 In Florida History

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1. Florida became a Territory

On March 1, 1822, Florida officially became a territory of the United States. It was previously under the control of Spain and was acquired by the United States through a treaty in 1819.

2. First State Constitution

Florida's first constitution was approved on March 1, 1839. This document established Florida as a state and set the framework for the state's government.

3. Florida A&M University Founded

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) was founded on March 1, 1887. It was originally known as the State Normal College for Colored Students and was the first higher education institution for African Americans in Florida.

4. First Race Track Opened

On March 1, 1934, the first pari-mutuel race track opened in Florida. This paved the way for the horse racing industry in the state.

5. Disney's Hollywood Studios Park Opened

Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios, opened on March 1, 1989. The park is dedicated to the golden age of Hollywood and features attractions and entertainment based on popular movies and television shows.
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