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That time Juan Ponce de León 'discovered' Florida

La Florida.

State Archives of Florida

La Florida.



It was 501 years ago today. Where did he land? And what was he looking for? The historical record, says the Times' Jeff Klinkenberg, boasts holes big enough to swallow a Spanish galleon. "If you want to learn about early Florida history," USF St. Pete's J. Michael Francis advises his students, "you have to leave Florida."

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