Sarasota News Leader

04/05/2013

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ON THE EVE OF INVASION Editor's note: To celebrate Florida's 500th anniversary, The Sarasota News Leader is happy to serialize portions of the second chapter of City Editor Stan Zimmerman's forthcoming Maritime History of Florida. Here he looks at the historical, religious, financial and psychological motives of the Spanish as they are about to explode into the New World. Next week, we will continue with the story of one of them — Juan Ponce de León, the man who named Florida. Jacque le Moyne was a French artist in Florida in 1565. Although the authenticity of this drawing is questionable, it still gives viewers an idea of the fish and fishing techniques practiced by indigenous Floridians at the time of the Spanish 'entrada.' Image from The New World: the first pictures of America in the Library of Congress

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