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In order to induce settlers to move to Florida, reports of its natural wealth were published in England.

Augustine, a fortified town for escaped slaves to whom Montiano granted citizenship and freedom in return for their service in the Florida militia, and which became the first free black settlement legally sanctioned in North America.

Ponce de León spotted and landed on the peninsula on April 2, 1513.

He named the region La Florida ("land of flowers").

Spain established several settlements in Florida, with varying degrees of success.