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CT Wahoo

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Not to mention many natives didn’t exactly welcome them with open arms.

Ponce de Leon actually died of an infection resulting from an arrow wound to his thigh in a subsequent expedition in 1521.

Ponce de Leon almost certainly wasn’t the first European to reach Florida. He was just the first to lead an organized expedition and return with indisputable proof that he’d found the mainland. His royal commission to find and claim the land for Spain was based on well circulated rumors that the land existed. These rumors were based off of raids conducted by crews of lone Spanish vessels operating in the Caribbean the previous ten years that were foraging for food, gold and possibly even to seize natives for slave labor.

Some of the natives encountered by Ponce de Leon knew some words in Spanish, so they’d clearly interacted previously with Spaniards. That they were at best wary and even in some cases openly hostile to his presence indicates those previous interactions weren’t positive from the point of view of the natives.

Who those earlier Spanish men were, when they landed, where they went and exactly what they did is lost to history. Ponce de Leon gets the credit because his voyage was documented.

(In response to this post by Scarsnhoos)

Posted: 10/11/2021 at 11:42AM


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