Wednesday, May 1, 2013

U.S. Stamps Celebrate 500th Anniversary of the Naming of Florida

First Day of Issue: April 3, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a set of four new postage stamps commemorating the 500th anniversary of the naming of Florida.

During the Easter season of 1513, Spanish explorers first visited the state we now know as Florida. They named the land "La Florida" for Pascua Florida ("Feast of the Flowers"), Spain’s Easter celebration, and for the verdant display of vegetation that they could see from their ship.

Each stamp shows a particular variety of flower: red and pink hibiscus; yellow cannas; morning glories in white, red, and shades of purple; and white and purple passionflowers.

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