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On April 2nd, 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida. Many banners and standards were used during this first settlement and governance such as the royal standard for the Crown of Castile in Pensacola and the Cross of Burgundy in St. Augustine. During the year 1763, as per the Treaty of Paris, Spain passed control of Florida to Great Britain. Great Britain used the original union flag with white diagonal stripes during this brief time. During the treaty Great Britain split Florida into two territories: East Florida and West Florida. The border between these territories was the Apalachicola River. By 1763 Spain once again regained control of Florida and in 1785, Florida’s flag was that of the new naval and battle flag for Spain.

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