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La FloridaFive Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence$
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Viviana Díaz Balsera and Rachel A. May

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060118

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060118.001.0001

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Charting Juan Ponce de León’s 1513 Voyage to Florida

Charting Juan Ponce de León’s 1513 Voyage to Florida

The Calusa Indians amid Latitudes of Controversy

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(p.48) (p.49) 1 Charting Juan Ponce de León’s 1513 Voyage to Florida
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La Florida
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Jerald T. Milanich

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060118.003.0003

This chapter combines early 16th century documentary and cartographic evidence with modern information to reconstruct Juan Ponce de León’s 1513 voyage la Florida. Data suggest that Ponce’s landfall was just north of Cape Canaveral. His ships then traveled south along the coast of peninsular Florida, west through the Keys, then north to the realm of the Calusa Indians on the Gulf coast. There the Spaniards went to the main Calusa town (Stababa), which is certainly the Mound Key archaeological site in Estero Bay in Lee County. After leaving the Calusa, Ponce and his men fought a battle with Indians on Marco Island. They then sailed south to Cuba before returning home. The chapter also discusses Ponce’s return voyage in 1521 and the history of the Calusa until their demise as an ethnic group in the last half of the 18th century.

Keywords:   Calusa Indians, Stababa, Juan Ponce de León, La Florida, Mound Key

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