Juan Ponce de Leon's first visit to Florida in 1513, changed the course of history. The people who had inhabited this land for more than ten thousand years would have their existence forever altered. Ponce's "discovery" of the Gulf Stream paved the way for the first European colonization of America, and he gave our state its name.
Brotemarkle, Benjamin D.
"The Florida Historical Society Presents an Original Courtroom Drama: Ponce de Leon Landed HERE!!,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 92:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol92/iss1/6