Ponce de Leon

First in Florida

Ponce De Leon first set foot in Florida in 1513

He is most famous for naming Florida "the land of flowers".

Ponce De Leon was killed in a skirmish with the Calusa Indians.

In a battle wit the Calusa, Ponce de Leon was hit with a poisoned arrow. He was taken to Cuba to recover but his wound became infected and he died at the age of 47.

Brought horses to Florida

He bought 50 horses to Florida and when the Spanish were attacked, they went free. Many believe these were the first horses in North America

Great explorer and the father of Florida

He will always be remembered even if his colony failed.