On this day, 20 years after Columbus "discovered" North America, a Spaniard, Juan Ponce De Leon "discovered" the fountain of youth, and named it La Florida. Where he landed has been disputed for centuries, some say near where St. Augustine is today, others say just north of Miami. Like most disputes the claimant with the loudest voice or fattest wallet wins, historical accuracy be damned. St. Augustine is good enough for me.
One of the earliest explorers of the gulf side of Florida was Hernando De Soto in 1539. He and his men eventually passed near Mayberry. It was they who introduced European diseases to the local Mississippian populations wiping out many, and whose cruelty created the widespread antipathy of the locals for white men everywhere they went.
In need of stone crab claws, Mrs. T and I leave today to see for ourselves where Cortez's first landed in Florida then onto Captiva, Florida a lovely barrier island, a million miles away from memories of snow and ice.
Postings will be sporadic for the next week, but we will be thinking of you.
Love to all,
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