The above is the original seal of the State of Florida, approved August 6, 1868. The seal we use today was adopted in 1985 and shows a Seminole Indian woman rather than a Western Plains Indian, the steamboat has been drawn more accurately and the cocoa palm was changed to a sabal palm. The 1924 book, Tallahassee of Yesterday by Sallie E. Blake, gives the information on the background of the original seal:
The Sun in his splendour rising over a highland in the distance, a cocoa tree, a steamboat on the water, & an Indian woman scattering flowers in the foreground.
In God we trust.
The Sun is the emblem of the Glory & Splendour. In heraldry its meaning is "absolute authority." The Highlands & Water are typical of the State, & the steamboat of its commerce and progress. Flowers are the symbol of hope & Joy, & the Indian scattering them shows the influence of the Indian nation over the State. The Cocoa or palm tree is the emblem of victory, justice & Royal honour.