April 2: “La Florida” Claimed for Spain
On this date in 1513, Juan Ponce de León claimed Florida for Spain. He named it “La Florida” because it was the Easter season (Pascua Florida in Spanish) and the land was brimming with abundant plant life. We’ve assembled a collection of teaching resources around the Spanish period of Florida history.
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The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument iBook provides a comprehensive history of the fort from 1668 until its transfer to the United States in 1821. Created by FCIT for the NPS as a part of the Hispanic Heritage iBook series. 158 pages + 106 glossary terms, 98 MB download