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The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Palatka is a city in Putnam County, Florida, United States. The population was 10,033 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. census bureau is 10,796 and 10,942. It is the county seat of Putnam County. Palatka is home to St. Johns River Community College and Ravine Gardens State Park.
As early as 1655 the Spanish were developing Palatka, as well as Gainesville and Tallahassee into the state's three principal ranching areas to feed the settlers particularly in the St. Augustine area where the slaughterhouses were located.  Palatka became the main forging point for the cattle to cross the St.  Johns River on their way to the slaughterhouse.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.5 square kilometers. In the city the population was spread out with 28.6 percent under the age of 18, 10.1 percent from 18 to 24, 24.6 percent from 25 to 44, 19.0 percent from 45 to 64, and 17.7 percent who were 65 years of age or older.
After the great freeze Palatka expanded industrially expanding the number of industries especially those dependent upon wood or its byproducts. Wilson Cypress Company became the largest cypress mill in the world producing 80,000 feet of lumber and 60,000 shingles daily. By 1910 Palatka had become the major industrial center it is today.
Palatka is also known as the town of best geographical environment and has traced its origins back to prehistoric times. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and can also enjoy its natural beauty concealed by the beautiful landscapes.

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