El País de las Flores

In 1513, Juan Ponce de León arrived in Florida. While a lot of people claim he discovered Florida, when he arrived there were already a lot of people living there who had obviously discovered the place long ago.

Ponce de León had a distinguished career. In his youth, he fought to regain Granada from Jewish rule. He went on to become the first governor of Puerto Rico. His greatest enduring fame comes from his work in Florida.

He called the place La Florida, meaning "Land of Flowers". The flowers here are just as beautiful today as back then!