Juan Ponce de León
Juan Ponce de León’s site for settlement in what is now Florida was somewhere on the western side, and is believed to be someplace between Estero Bay and Tampa Bay. Long believed to be in the Charlotte Harbor region, a researcher in 2020 announced evidence that led him to believe the settlement site was at Safety Harbor, near Tampa Bay… His birthdate is an approximation; some sources list 1474, but documentation is scarce… The years between his voyage with Columbus and when he became a captain for Nicolás de Ovando are also a mystery; it’s possible he did not return with Columbus and remained in Hispaniola.
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