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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.
Pensacola is a city in Escambia County, Florida. It is the county seat of Escambia County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 56,255 and as of 2005, the population recorded by the U.S. census bureau is 54,055. However, the Pensacola metropolitan area, comprised of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, had a population of 439,877.
Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay, which connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Navy airbase, the first in the United States, is located southwest of Pensacola and is home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Pensacola is nicknamed the city of five flags due to the five flags that have flown over it during its history: the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States.
Pensacola, Florida has had a rich and colorful history, being the first settlement in the continental United States. Pensacola has been under the possession of the Spanish, French, British, United States, Confederate States, and has remained a part of the United States since the end of the American Civil War.
Major holidays in Pensacola include Mardi Gras and the Fiesta of Five Flags. Celebrations of note in Pensacola are the Great Gulf coast arts festival, the seafood festival, the king mackerel and cobia tournament, Florida Springfest, Gracefest, Lobsterfest, university of west Florida festival on the green, the bushwhacker festival and the bill fishing tournament. Public primary and secondary education schools in Pensacola are administered by the Escambia county school district.

Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Pensacola enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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