Tallahassee is Florida's state capital. Florida first became a state in 1845. Shortly before the Civil War began in 1861, Florida left the Union and joined the Confederacy. Tallahassee was the only Confederate state capital east of the Mississippi River that Union forces did not capture during the war. Florida was readmitted to the Union in 1868. Tallahassee has been home to the Seminoles both in the past and in the present. This area used to be inhabitated with Seminole Indians, but now is home to the Florida State University Seminoles. Near Tallahassee is one of Florida's 17 large springs, the Wakulla Springs, which is one of the nation's deepest springs with a depth of 185 feet.
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