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FALL 2013 | ISSUE 88
J. Ross Quigley
I like to think that I am on top of things. I read voraciously, I watch
several news shows and Internet channels every day and I even
subscribe to in-depth alert services that advise on international
matters. Also, three of the big banks send me their analyses of
currency fluctuations and economic data predictions; various
stockbrokers are always trying to convince me to invest in their
latest “sure thing”with volumes of unending support data. Several
magazines also send me advance copies of their latest edition. The
information available in today’s world is overwhelming!
So how did I miss it?
This year, 2013, is the 500
anniversary of the founding of Florida.
The honour of being the first European to visit Florida is generally
attributed to Juan Ponce de Leon who named the new land
La Florida, as he arrived in April of 1513 as an emissary of King
Ferdinand of Spain. April is the celebration month of Easter and
it is known as the Festival of Flowers in Spain. Its Spanish name is
“Pascua Florida”…so now we know.
It is a little uncertain as to exactly where Ponce de Leon initially
landed; St. Augustine, Melbourne and Ponce de Leon Inlet all claim
that honour. Attracting tourists (or colonists) was important even
in those early days. The last written navigational account would
seem to place his landing close to Ponde Verda Beach, north of St.
Augustine. De Leon explored many parts of Florida as far south
as the Keys, which he named Los Martires (the Martyrs) as they
reminded him of men suffering. Perhaps it was just him suffering,
trying to find a way to theWest. He eventually made his way
through the reefs and probably landed in Port Charlotte Harbour.
Or, perhaps, it was as far north as Tampa or Pensacola. As we all
know, history is not an exact science.
If he had been successful in his search for the Fountain of Youth, we
could simply ask himwhat happened, and where, and when. There
is no historical record of Ponce de Leon actually searching for the
Fountain of Youth, but it makes for a great story.
Happy anniversary, Florida! We love you!
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government
of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the
Department of Canadian Heritage.