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Near Ponte Vedra Beach in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

30 8’ North Latitude

 
 
30 8' North Latitude Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 7, 2014
1. 30 8' North Latitude Marker
Inscription. This site is believed by some historians to correspond with the offshore location where Juan Ponce de Leon calculated his fleet's position when he first sighted Florida. Ponce's fleet of three vessels set sail from Puerto Rico in early March 1513. On Sunday, March 27, the day of the Festival of the Resurrection, they sighted what they thought was an island. After sailing northwest along the coast, the fleet moved close to shore, and at noon on April 2 a sighting of the sun was taken, probably with either a quadrant or mariner's astrolabe. In his work, Historia General de los Hechos de Los Castellanos en las Islas Y Tierra Firme del Mar Ocean, published in 1601, Spanish historian Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas recorded that the location was 30 8' [north latitude]. Herrera's appointment by Phillip II of Spain as the major chronicler of the Indies gave him access to authentic sources, including documents made during Ponce's voyage that would not have been available to other writers. This site had been preserved in its natural condition by the State of Florida and is likely what Ponce de Leon would have seen as he approached Florida for the first time in 1513.
A Florida Heritage Landmark

 
Erected 2012 by Guana Tolomato Matanzas Research Reserve and
30 8' North Latitude Marker with Ponce de Leon statue. image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 7, 2014
2. 30 8' North Latitude Marker with Ponce de Leon statue.
the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-749.)
 
Location. 30° 6.989′ N, 81° 20.752′ W. Marker is near Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker can be reached from Ponte Vedra Boulevard (State Road A1A) 3.3 miles south of Mickler Road. Touch for map. Marker is located in the North Beach Access of the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Marker is in this post office area: Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort San Diego (approx. 4.2 miles away); Governor Grant's Plantations (approx. 6 miles away); King's Road (approx. 7.6 miles away); Nine Mile Road (was approx. 8.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ); World War II Operation Pastorius / St. Johns County (approx. 8.9 miles away); American Red Cross Volunteer Life Saving Corps and Station (approx. 12.2 miles away); Former St. Johns County Jail (approx. 12.2 miles away); First Settlers At Ruby, Florida (approx. 12.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ponte Vedra Beach.
 
Categories. Exploration
 
Ponce de Leon Statue image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 7, 2014
3. Ponce de Leon Statue
Ponce de Leon statue plaque image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 7, 2014
4. Ponce de Leon statue plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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