Napoleon Bonaparte, a mover and shaper of national boundaries, once insisted that Italy was too long to be a country. Might not reasonable people arrive at the same conclusion about another peninsula, namely, that Florida is too long to be a state?
Mormino, Gary R.
"Review Essay: A River of Peace? The South Florida Frontier in the Nineteenth Century,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 70:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol70/iss1/6