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In 1493, Ponce de León went with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage and settled with his family on an island called Hispaniola, now called the Dominican Republic.
Ponce de León discovered an island, Borinquen, in 1506 and found gold. He left and returned two years later to colonize the island by orders of the king of Spain, and renamed the island Puerto Rico.
Ponce de León landed in Florida and named it for its beautiful landscape. He claimed the land for Spain. He discovered Florida in March 1513.
I shall name this land the "place of flowers!" I claim it for Spain!
As he sailed down the coast of Florida, he found an area with rough currents and named it Cape Canaveral which means "Cape of Currents."
Ponce de León returned to Florida in 1521 to colonize the area, but was attacked by the Calusa Indians. He was wounded in the thigh and died at age 61.
Today's Florida would not be the same if it had not been claimed by Ponce de León. He is very much still remembered in our society and its members today.
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