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Punta Gorda in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

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.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is May 24, 1513.
 
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
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By Don Morfe
2. First White Man Dies in America Marker
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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 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Juan Ponce de Leon (here, next to this marker); Columbus G. McLeod - Protector of Plumed Birds (here, next to this marker); The Description and Naming of Florida (within shouting distance of this marker); Southernmost Railroad Terminal (approx. 1.8 miles away); First Punta Gorda Home Site (approx. 3.1 miles away); Albert Waller Gilchrist (approx. 3.1 miles away); City of Punta Gorda (approx. 3.1 miles away); The Punta Gorda Bank (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Punta Gorda.
 
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By Don Morfe
3. Juan Ponce de Leon Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 686 times since then and 297 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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