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Sarasota News Leader April 12, 2013 Page 73 efforts, Ponce received a commendation from the king. During his time in Puerto Rico, Ponce heard rumors of a land north of Cuba. The Spanish called it Bimini. In 1511, he sought from Charles V — the king who so recently had commended him — a royal license to search for Bimini. A map published in 1511 also shows a landmass north of Cuba, labeled Isla de beimeni parte. It was drawn by Pietro Martire d'Anghiera, a priest in the court of Fernando II of Aragon. No images remain of Ponce de Leon — no portraits; no statues; no engravings; nothing. Everything is made up. So let this U.S. postage stamp suffice. Image courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service Aboard caravels like this one, Juan Ponce de Leon sailed north from Puerto Rico, past the Bahamas, to find Florida and then conduct a flawless investigation of the lower Florida peninsula. Photo by Stan Zimmerman

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