Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Llambias Block 39A
Title: Review of Mr. Lawson's Book in the Florida Historical Quarterly
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Title: Review of Mr. Lawson's Book in the Florida Historical Quarterly Ponce de Leon
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Llambias Block 39A
Physical Description: Research notes
Language: English
Publication Date: 1946
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Box: 7
Divider: Block 39A
Folder: Llambias B39A
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
31 Saint Francis Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Llambias House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Fernandez-Llambias House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 31 Saint Francis Street
Coordinates: 29.887768 x -81.310887
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Ootober 196 Pages 212i 13

We in Florida have a niche in our history which Pence de Leon shares
with no one. It might be that other Europeans saw our shore before he did, but
for us it was he who discovered Florida and certainly he gave us our naree We
believe that our land is a fountain of youth, but we w ll always hope against
odds that in the vast store of records of his period preserved in Spain some
hint from Ponce may yet came to light that when he set out ao his quest of new
lands and gold, there was, too, in the back of his head, as was mputqed, a hope
that he might find and bathe in a certain fountain*

PONCE I LEON3 by Edward W# Law on of St. AugustineS etirs much interest. The
writer brings to light and translates for us numerous references from many sources
on his and our hero which tell us more of his life; but there is no more on his
diseoveiy of Florida. On that we are still limited to a single lfaenant. Horrors
waiting rany years after Ponoeas death, and without giving us his source, writes

%.*#They set out frao here, (San Salvador) running Northwest, and on Sunday, the
82th (March 1533) which was the day of the feast of the marrection, which oomnan-
ly they cal of flowral, the saw an island but did not examine it. And Monday,
the 28th, they ran fifteen leagues in the same direction, and Wednesday went on
in the sane manners and afterwards, with bad weather, until the 2nd of April, ran
ning West-Northwest, the water adilishing to nine fathoua, at one league from land,
which was in thirty degrees and eight minutes; they ran along beside the coast seek-
ing harbor, and at night anchored near the land in eight fathoms ao water* And be-
lieving that this land was an island, they named it La Florida, because it had a
veiy beautiful view of many and cool woodlands, and it was level and uniform and
beeausa, moreover they discovered in the time of the Feast of Flowers, Juan Ponce
wished to confomn in the name to. these two p hsowns e went ashore to get infaor
nation and take possession* On friday, the 8th, they set sail, running in the
same directions and Saturday thy sailed to the South a quarter by Southeastj
and keeping the same course until the 20th of April, they discovered sene huts
of Indians, where they anchored; the day following all three vessel following
the seacoast, they saw ouch a current that, although they had a strong wind, they
could not go 'arard, but father backward....*

That is all all we have of the lmanntous week in which Florida was dis-
covered and named and set foot on.

So it seems probably that all we shall ever know is that Pence discovered
Florida on April 2, IA that he named it; and that he anchored and landed some
where on our shore not a very great distance from thirty degrees, eight minutes
north latitude which is midway between the St. Johns river and St. Augustine inlet.

Hrwan nature is such, that the careful judge after a lifetime of effort
at training himself to see every question without prejudice, disqualifies himself
when a ease aoes before him in which he feels an interest. Doubtless it would
be as difficult for this Editor to believe that DeLuna made his attempt at settle-
ment anywhere else than en the shores of Pensacola bay, as for a St. Augustinian
to land Pance azWwhere else than at St. Augustine,

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