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“This Other World” Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida

La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León / The Company of Juan Ponce de León (c. 1513-1521)

“This Other World”: Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida

March 31, 2012

Mission Nombre de Dios Museum, St. Augustine, Florida

“And thinking that this land was an island, they called it La Florida, because it presented a beautiful vista of many blossoming trees and was low and flat; and also because they discovered it during the time of Easter (Spanish: ‘Pascua Florida’ – ed.). Juan Ponce wanted the name to agree with those two reasons. They went ashore to gather information and take possession.”

– Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas, Historia general de los hechos de los Castellanos en las Islas y Tierra Firme del Mar Océano (Madrid, 1601-1615), Vol. II

To prepare for Florida’s 500th anniversary in 2013, Florida Living History, Inc. (FLH), will offer its annual heritage Event – “This Other World”: Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida!

Presented by FLH’s member group, La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León / The Company of Juan Ponce de León (c. 1513-1521), this living-history Event and lecture series will take place on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (www.missionandshrine.org), in St. Augustine, FL.

The Event will commemorate the landing of Don Juan Ponce de León’s “First Fleet,” which carried passengers and crew – white, black, Native American; male and female; soldier and sailor; slave and free – who became the first documented Europeans and Africans to set foot on what is now the continental United States, landing on the east coast of Florida on April 3, 1513.

In addition, this FLH heritage Event will feature the second, annual “This Other World”: Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida lectures on Don Juan Ponce de León and his world. The lectures will take place in the auditorium of the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum. Details on Event activities and the lectures will be forthcoming.

Admission to Florida Living History, Inc.’s “This Other World”: Ponce de León and the Founding of Florida annual, heritage Event is free of charge to the public. Ample free parking is available onsite.

This heritage Event is sponsored by Florida Living History, Inc. (www.floridalivinghistory.org) and the Mission Nombre de Dios Museum (www.missionandshrine.org). Support for this Event has been provided, in part, through the generosity of NTE Energy, LLC (www.nteenergy.com). For the third year in a row, FLH’s annual commemoration of Juan Ponce de León’s 1513 exploratory expedition has been chosen to be part of the Florida Department of State/Division of Cultural Affairs’ Florida Heritage Month, the state’s annual, month-long tribute to Florida’s rich, cultural heritage.

For more information on La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León, please contact us at info@floridalivinghistory.org or phone us, toll-free, at 1-877-FLA-HIST (1-877-352-4478).

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