In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish
explorer who sailed with Columbus on his
second voyage in 1493, set out in search of a
land called "Bimini". Legend has it that he was
attracted by rumor that here was to be found a
fountain whose waters would restore the youth
of all who drank from it.
On Easter Sunday, 1513, Ponce de Leon
sighted the east coast of Florida and named it
Pascua Florida for the Easter feast of flowers.
In 1514, Ponce de Leon was appointed
governor and given the sole right to conquer
and colonize Florida. He was wounded and
died in an Indian attack in 1521.