|c. 12,000 B.C.||North American Indian cultures flourish. |
|A.D. 1000||Norse seaman Leif Ericsson lands in Newfoundland, which he calls Vinland. || |
|1492 ||Christopher Columbus, financed by Spain, makes the first of four voyages to the New World. He lands in the Bahamas (Oct. 12).|
|1513 ||Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León lands on the coast of Florida. || |
|1565 ||Saint Augustine, Florida, settled by the Spanish, becomes the first permanent European colony in North America. || |
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