Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...
Cabo Cañaveral, is a headland
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in Brevard County, Florida
Brevard County, Florida
Brevard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. As of 2007 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population is 536,521, making it the 10th most populous county in the state. Influenced by the presence of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Brevard...
, United States
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, near the center of the state's Atlantic
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coast. Known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973, it lies east of Merritt Island, separated from it by the Banana River
The Banana River is a lagoon that lies between Cape Canaveral and Merritt Island in Brevard County, Florida in the United States. It is part of the Indian River Lagoon system, and connects at its south end to the Indian River; it is the only part of the lagoon system not in the Intracoastal...
It is part of a region known as the Space Coast
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, and is the site of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
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. Since many U.S. spacecraft are launched from both the station and the Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center
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on Merritt Island, the terms "Cape Canaveral," "Canaveral" or even "the Cape" have become metonyms that refer to both as the launch site of spacecraft.