In 1521 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León y Figueroa (1474 - 1521) organized a colonizing expedition of 200 men to the coast of Florida (Ponce de León having named it 'La Florida' in 1513). However, the party was overwhelmed by an attack by the Calusa, the Native American people of South West Florida, and Ponce de León later died of the poisoned arrow wound he received.
Spain attempts unsuccessfully to colonise Florida (65 words)
Historical Context Note
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