How much land do the Florida everglades cover?



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    The Florida Everglades currently cover approximately 2,000,000 acres of southern Florida.  Originally, they covered another 1,000,000,  but this was drained in the 1900s by settlers who wanted to make the land more habitable.  In 1947 the original 3,000,000 acres were divided into the Everglades Agricultural Area (about 1,000,000 acres that was already largely drained for farms) to the north, and the Everglades National Park to the south.  The Everglades National Park occupies 1,500,000 acres of the remaining Everglades, while another 500,000 remain as a conservation area and are used to control flooding in major cities.

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