By Jean-Benoît Nadeau

Florida 500This week, Floridians celebrate the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s landing in Florida on Easter day, April 2, 1513. This event, which kickoffs the European presence in North America, is also the first event of the so-called “forgotten century” of American history. Throughout the 16th century (and until the 19th century), the United States-to-be were explored and settled by Spaniards and Mexicans, who left a profound mark on the United States’ geography and culture.

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