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The U.S. Gets Florida

A New Nation<BR>(1776-1830)
A New Nation

The U.S. Gets Florida
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.47

     challenging words:    independence, happening, convention, revolt, invasion, cannonball, slavery, gunpowder, treaty, beginning, tribe, runaway, freedom, record, theirs, explosion
     content words:    United States, South America, Puerto Rico, Juan Ponce, African American, Native American, Native Americans, Negro Fort, African Americans, Andrew Jackson

The U.S. Gets Florida
By Cathy Pearl

1     The United States won independence in the late 1700s. After seeing the country win, other countries started to do the same thing. Many of these countries were in South America. By 1825, Spain had lost almost all of its colonies. The only ones that were left were Puerto Rico and Cuba.
2     One of the colonies that Spain lost was in the United States. This colony was Florida. The first record of Florida was in 1513. A Spanish explorer called Juan Ponce de Leon landed in the country. He named it for Spain's Easter festival.
3     The people in Florida did not fight for their freedom. Most of the people that lived there were African American. They did not want to be free from Spain.
4     Since the 1700s, Spain had helped to protect and hide people that had run away from plantations in the South. A Native American tribe called the Seminoles let the runaway slaves live near their villages. The runaway slaves were called black Seminoles. They would give the Native Americans part of the crops that they raised.

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