Seventeen years ago Florida entered the fifth century of her history under European influence. Her past four centuries have been full to overflowing with conquests and colonization schemes fairly reeking with romantic adventure, and constitute a period difficult to rival in the colonial history of any commonwealth. Many fortunes, beginning in 1513 with that of Ponce de Leon and to a much larger extent in 1539 with that of Hernando de Soto, and including the fabulous sums of the boom in 1925, have been lavished on its shores. Great aspirations, untold struggles, and heavy human sacrifice have written the annals of Florida.
Hanna, Alfred J.
"Florida’s Mysterious Personality,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 8
, Article 11.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol8/iss4/11