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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St. Augustine

A two-page PDF about St. Augustine from the “Florida Then and Now” series on the Exploring Florida website.

San Marcos iBook

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

St. Augustine in 3D Stereoviews

Over 100 stereoviews of St. Augustine, Florida, from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Red/blue 3D glasses required. Over 1,000 stereoviews of Florida are available on the Exploring Florida website.

St. Augustine City Gates Drawings

Set of drawings of the Old City Gates from the ClipPix ETC website.

Gallery of St. Augustine Photos

Over 400 photos of St. Augustine, Florida, from the ClipPix ETC website.

San Marcos in 3D Stereoviews

Two galleries of Castillo de San Marcos stereoviews. Red/blue 3D glasses required.
Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

"Hernando DeSoto in America" Stills

Over 200 still photos extracted from the “Hernando DeSoto in America” movie on the Exploring Florida website.

DeSoto National Memorial Photos

Over 100 photos of the DeSoto National Memorial including a reenactment, armor, and horses from the Exploring Florida website.

San Luis Photo Galleries

Ninety photos of Mission San Luis de Apalachee Gallery from the Exploring Florida website.

Mission San Luis Videos

Eleven clips of Mission San Luis reenactors including a blacksmith, tanner, and musicians from the Florida Department of Education on iTunes U.

Age of Exploration Illustrations

Over 100 illustrations are available from the 1492-1606 Exploration gallery on the ClipArt ETC website.

Florida Maps Collection

A large collection of Florida maps from the Spanish period, arranged in galleries by date. Available on the Exploring Florida Maps website.