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
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