Juan Ponce de León Lands in Florida

On April 2, 1513, Juan Ponce de León landed somewhere along the east coast of Florida.

Juan Ponce de León from Herrera's Historia General, published between 1601 and 1615

Juan Ponce de León from Herrera’s Historia General, published between 1601 and 1615

More than 500 Native American nations inhabited the Americas at the time of first contact. The arrival of European and African peoples forever changed life on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean and initiated environmental and demographic changes that continue to the present day.

Peruuiae Avrifer Regionis Typus, by Abraham Ortelius, ca. 1584

Peruuiae Avrifer Regionis Typus, by Abraham Ortelius, ca. 1584

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