Someone once critically categorized American history textbooks, perhaps unfairly, as "fat, dull boring books that mention everything but explain practically nothing."1 A cursory survey of US history textbooks on the treatment of Juan Ponce de Leon and the "discovery" of Florida would suggest historical content is like an ice cube melting in the sun.2
"Throwing the Explorer out with the Fountain: American History Textbooks and Juan Ponce de Leon,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 94:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol94/iss1/6