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First White Man Dies in America

Bahia del Espiritu Santo-1513

 
 
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By Tim Fillmon, April 18, 2014
1. First White Man Dies in America Marker
Inscription.  On this day, May 24, ships were sent to seek a mainland colony site and to sound and chart the newly found “Bay of the Holy Spirit” (Charlotte Harbor). For three weeks explorations continued, seldom by land. There were at least three meetings with the Caloosas; once they offered “guanin” (low gold) and skins for trade and promised more. But in other meetings fighting erupted and “several Indians” and one Spaniard were killed. Thus the first white man died in America, victim of Indian arrows and the place of his death was called “Matanca” (Pine Island).
 
Erected by The City of Punta Gorda, Florida, in cooperation with Punta Gorda Isles, Inc.
 
Location. 26° 54.613′ N, 82° 5.744′ W. Marker is in Punta Gorda, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker is on Ponce de Leon Parkway 0.9 miles west of Colony Point Drive, on the right when traveling south. This marker is located in Ponce de Leon Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3400 Ponce de Leon Parkway, Punta Gorda FL 33950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles
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By Don Morfe
2. First White Man Dies in America Marker
of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Juan Ponce de Leon (here, next to this marker); Site of Hotel Punta Gorda (approx. 3.3 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 3.7 miles away); Hickory Bluff Pioneers (approx. 3.8 miles away); Charlotte Harbor Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Hickory Bluff Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Little Salt Spring (approx. 14.3 miles away); Prehistoric Man Lived Here/Spring Was Once a Cave (approx. 14˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Punta Gorda.
 
Categories. ExplorationNative Americans
 
Juan Ponce de Leon Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
3. Juan Ponce de Leon Memorial
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 28, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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