Ponce de Leon invades Florida (1513)

On April 2, 1513, Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon landed in Florida.  De Leon was from a noble but financially broke family in Spain.  He sailed to the New World for economic opportunity.  After brutally suppressing a Native American revolt in 1504, the Native Americans, hoping to be rid of him, told him that gold was on the island of Boriquien (Puerto Rico). Four years later, de Leon conquered the island.  Using the same technique, the Native Americans of Puerto Rico told de Leon that the spring of eternal youth was located in Florida.  The fake news story worked, and de Leon set off for Florida to annoy the Native Americans in their homeland.

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