Ponce de Leon Did Not “Discover” Florida

1511 Andres Morales map of Florida

Next year marks the 500th anniversary of “the discovery” of Florida by Ponce de Leon. This blog will feature a series of looks at Ponce and his travels.

In reality, Ponce did NOT discover La Florida. There were two maps of Florida (above is 1511 Abdres Morales map) and Cuban fisheremn and slave hunters visited the Florida coast. Ponce proved that Florida was NOT an island but part of North America.

And this was an essential fact for Ponce de Leon to try to colonize Florida under his name

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About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org
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