Thread: 4-2-2012 This Day In History
#1 4-2-2012 This Day In History04-02-2012, 11:23 AM
Apr 2, 1513:
Ponce de Leon discovers Florida
Near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida coast, and claims the territory for the Spanish crown.
Although other European navigators may have sighted the Florida peninsula before, Ponce de Leon is credited with the first recorded landing and the first detailed exploration of the Florida coast. The Spanish explorer was searching for the "Fountain of Youth," a fabled water source that was said to bring eternal youth. Ponce de Leon named the peninsula he believed to be an island "La Florida" because his discovery came during the time of the Easter feast, or Pascua Florida.
In 1521, he returned to Florida in an effort to establish a Spanish colony on the island. However, hostile Native Americans attacked his expedition soon after landing, and the party retreated to Cuba, where Ponce de Leon died from a mortal wound suffered during the battle. Successful Spanish colonization of the peninsula finally began at St. Augustine in 1565, and in 1819 the territory passed into U.S. control under the terms of the Florida Purchase Treaty between Spain and the United States.
He decided there was too much to mow and promptly left.The difference between pigs and people is that when they tell you you're cured it isn't a good thing.
04-02-2012, 11:29 AM
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Also on April 2:
1865: Jefferson Davis hauls ass out of Richmond.
Various years: Casanova, Emile Zola, Walter Chrysler, Alec Guinness, and Emmylou Harris were born. Find a trend if you can."Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
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