How was Florida named the sunshine state?

That is it's nickname. People thought that Florida was very sunny, since it was so close to the equator. The state nickname is one of the state symbols a state should have. Florida's is "The Sunshine State". Wisconsin's is "The Dairy Land". (Because of all their milk from cows.) Florida was named the sunshine state by having the Florida Legislature decide whether or not "The Sunshine State" should be adopted as the state nickname for Forida. In 1970, it had been officially adopted as the state nickname for Florida. It is very often that you will see Florida's nickname on car licenses.