Monday, February 23, 2009

Census Bureau Daily Feature for Monday, February 23: Buying Florida

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Profile America — Monday, February 23rd. Land that would become one of the nation’s largest states was acquired by the U.S. this week in 1819, when Secretary of State John Quincy Adams signed the Florida purchase treaty. This called for Spain to cede the area to the young United States in return for which the U.S. assumed $5 million in claims by U.S. citizens against Spain.

Florida became the 27th state in 1845, with a population of about 55,000. Now, Florida is home to more than 18 million, making it the fourth most populous state. With the number of residents continuing to grow, Florida is projected to pass New York’s population in the next few years to become the nation’s third largest state. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at

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