April 12, 1528 - After much hardship and stops in the Caribbean, the Narvaez expedition reaches Florida near Tampa Bay and debarks two days later in Boca Ciega Bay, where they encounter natives of the Safety Harbor region. February 23, 1540 - Exploration of the southwest and western United States to California by European expeditions begins when Fernando Vasquez de Coronado departs Compostela, in present day Mexico, looking to conquer the Seven Cities of Gold. April 2, 1513- Ponce de Leon sites land near St. Augustine, coming ashore the next day and claiming the land for Spain. He names the land La Florida, after the Easter season, Festival of Flowers. May 28, 1539 - Hernando de Soto lands in Florida with nine ships and six hundred and twenty men at Shaw's Point in today's Bradenton, Florida, and begins to explore the interior of the Americas. They explored the western coast of Florida and encamped during the winter at Anhaica, in Apalachee territory. March 4, 1513- Ponce de Leon leaves Puerto Rico to explore the coast of Florida, looking for the Fountain of Youth. There were two hundred men and three ships undertaking the exploration. June 17, 1527- The Narvaez expedition leaves Spain to explore and colonize Spanish Florida under the command of Pánfilo de Narváez. There were 450 members of the expedition. May 11, 1502- Christopher Columbus left Spain on his fourth voyage to the New World, landing back on the islands of Martinique and Jamaica in June. This voyage would take him to Central America, but not to North America. American History Timeline: 1500- 1775
September 8, 1565 - Spanish explorer Don Pedro de Menendez de Avile's, a Spanish admiral, founds St. Augustine, Florida. It is the first permanent settlement in the United States and serves as a military outpost and base for Catholic missionary settlements.
3971925-230505August 9, 1673 - Dutch forces recapture the colony of New York (New Amsterdam) from the British, but would...
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