In April 1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed on the coast of Florida. The landing came during Holy Week, known in Spanish-dominated lands as “La Pascua de las Floridas.” Because of this and the amazing variety and number of flowers he found on this land, he named it “La Florida.”
During that first landing, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was offered, making it the first Mass in what is now the United States of America.
- Juan Ponce de León – HISTORY
- 1500’s | Diocese of St. Augustine
- Ponce de León : Florida’s First Spanish Explorer
- “Ponce de Leon’s First Voyage and Discovery of Florida,” The Florida Historical Society Quarterly
Vol. 14, No. 1, History of Juan Ponce de Leon’s Voyages to Florida (Jul., 1935)
- Florida’s Catholic heritage – The Catholic Sun
- Juan Ponce de León – Wikipedia
Follow to Get Episodes Automatically
And in your kindness, please leave a great rating and a review — those help more people to find American Catholic History!
Support American Catholic History
Noëlle and Tom enjoy doing this podcast, and they have lots more programs and services in the works.
But they can't do it without support!
Become a supporter of American Catholic History and enjoy great benefits.
Over on Locals we host reading groups, post exclusive videos, chat sessions, and we share more content not available to the public.
Join Our Locals Community
Learn how you can sponsor the American Catholic History Podcast. Your name and information will be included in our episodes, plus more benefits. Get information at the SQPN website.
Become a Patron
Drop a Tip in Noëlle & Tom's Tip Jar
Putting these episodes together takes time. If you appreciate what you get, show Noëlle and Tom a little love through Venmo or Paypal.