Florida, Straits of

Florida, Straits of
Passage connecting the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean.

Extending for about 110 mi (180 km) between the Florida Keys on the north and Cuba and the Bahamas on the south, the straits mark the area where the Florida Current, the initial part of the Gulf Stream, flows east out of the Gulf of Mexico. The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first recorded sailing through the straits in 1513.

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      passage connecting the Gulf of Mexico with the Atlantic Ocean, extending for about 110 miles (180 km) between the Florida Keys, U.S., on the north and Cuba and the Bahamas on the south and southeast. The straits mark the area where the Florida Current, the initial part of the Gulf Stream, flows eastward out of the Gulf of Mexico with a mean surface velocity of 4 to 6 miles (6.5 to 9.5 km) per hour and a width of up to 95 miles (153 km). The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first recorded sailing through the straits in 1513.

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