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1513 - 2010

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Historical Timeline

Date Event Source
1513 Juan Ponce de Leon - Spanish Governor of Puerto Rico - discovered and named Florida. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1527 Panfilo de Narvaez lands at Tampa Bay in search of riches. Only 4 of the original 600 members of the expedition survive. Pizzaro biography at Wikipedia
1535 Francisco Pizarro conquers the Inca in Peru and establishes mines for gold and silver. Fleets carrying this treasure to Spain followed the Gulf Stream current up the coast of Florida. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1539 Hernando de Soto landed 6 ships on the west coast of Florida and began exploring what is now the southeast U.S. He was the first European to see the Mississippi River. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1554 Pedro Menendez de Aviles appointed as captain-general of the Spanish treasure fleet. Menendez biography at Wikipedia
1559 Spanish colony established at Pensacola. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1561 Pensacola colony abandoned. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1564 Rene de Laudonniere establishes a French colony near the mouth of the St. Johns River, posing a threat to Spain's treasure fleet. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1565 Pedro Menendez de Aviles establishes St. Augustine and destroys the French colony. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1573 Franciscan missionaries arrive in Florida and begin to build a network of missions up the east coast and across what is now north Florida. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon
1586 Sir Francis Drake sacks and burns St. Augustine. Florida: A Short History by Michael Gannon

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