The major bodies of water in Florida are Saint Johns River, Saint Marys River, Suwannee River, Lake Okeechobee and Lake George. The state of Florida has a total area of 65,758 square miles with 53,625 square miles of land area and 12,133 square miles of water area.
Florida was discovered by the Spaniard Ponce de Leon in 1513. The state was originally called "Pascua de Florida," which means "Feast of Flowers." Florida ranks as the 22nd biggest state in the United States with 18.5 percent of its total area covered in water. Other bodies of water located in Florida are Lake Talquin, Santa Fe River, Cedar Creek, Turkey Creek and Oak Branch.