Incomplete record. The geographic center, or that point on which a surface of uniform thickness would balance, for the state is located in Hernando County, 19.3 km (12 mi) north-northwest of Brooksville.
Statehood: 3 March 1845. An early Spanish historian wrote that Ponce de Leon gave this name to the newly discovered land in 1513 for two reasons: the coast was green and flowery, which translates to "florida" and it was Easter week, which translates to "pascua florida". The name endured for the peninsula, Spanish colony, and a US Territory in 1822. (US-T131/1976/DOI - U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) News Release: Origin of Names of U S States)