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Florida
Floridasig
General information
Continent

North America

Points of interest

San Augustin

Notable inhabitants

Juan Ponce de León
Governor of Florida
Carolina
Diego de Leon

Societal
Affiliation

Kingdom of Spain
Fountain of Youth
Juan Ponce de León

Behind the scenes
First appearance

At World's End (On map only)

Latest appearance

On Stranger Tides (On map only)

"I'll wave to you when I sight the coast of Florida."
"I'll wave back.
"
Esmeralda and Jack Sparrow[src]

Florida, also known as La Florida[1], was a large peninsula located in the southeastern region of the North America; with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. It was discovered by Juan Ponce de León in 1513. By many legends and lore, Florida was best known as the supposed location of the Fountain of Youth, a legendary spring that grants oneself immortality.

History

Discovery

"And, if you remember, though you probably don't, as a lamebrain like you can barely seem to remember that the Florida coast is west of the Antilles, what I was refering to as 'stupid' was your plot to mutiny."
Jack Sparrow to Fitzwilliam P. Dalton III[src]
Florida 1714

The map of Florida.

The earliest known European explorers came to Florida with Spanish conquistador Juan Ponce de León, who spotted the peninsula on April 2, 1513. Ponce de León named the region La Florida ("flowery land") because it was then the Easter Season, known to the Spanish as Pascua Florida (roughly "Flowery Easter"), and because the vegetation was in bloom.

Ponce de León may not have been the first European to reach Florida, however, because at least one indigenous tribesman whom he encountered in Florida spoke Spanish. From 1513 onward, the land became known as "La Florida", although after 1630 and throughout the 18th century, Tegesta (after the Tequesta tribe) was an alternate name of choice for the peninsula.

Fountain of Youth

"No, I told you! Ponce de León died two hundred years ago."
"Aye, but he died searching for something, didn't he?"
"...The Fountain of Youth.
"
Captain, Fisherman and King Ferdinand[src]
FountainMapAWE

Florida as seen on the Mao Kun Map.

According to legend, Florida was the supposed location of the Fountain of Youth. Ponce de León was known to attempt to search in Florida to find it, but he was never able to find it until he searched on another island.[2] His journey through Florida was recorded through the Mao Kun Map. After this, no other outsider has set foot in Florida for many years.

18th century

"I recently escaped from the fort of San Augustin, Florida."
"A runaway and a stowaway.
"
Diego de Leon and Hector Barbossa[src]

Shortly after the Spanish colonized Florida, the city of San Augustin was built. By the early 1730s, Florida was ruled by an old Spanish governor known as El Cruel.

Behind the scenes

Appearances

External links

Notes and references

  1. On the Mao Kun Map, Florida is named La Florida.
  2. No name has been designated for the island in the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides or any POTC-related material. And it's not Florida, as the island doesn't look like Florida at all.
Locations in Pirates of the Caribbean
Africa
Barbary CoastCalabarKermaSlave CoastTripoli

The Americas
FloridaMexicoNew OrleansNorth Carolina
PanamaPeruSavannahVirginia


Asia
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The Bahamas
AndrosNassauNew AvalonNew Providence


The Caribbean
AntiguaCubaHispaniolaIle d'Etable de PorcIsla De La AvariciaIsla CrucesIsla de Muerta
Isla de PelegostosMartiniquePadres Del FuegoPort RoyalShipwreck IslandTortugaUnnamed Island


Europe
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LondonMarseillesPortugalSpain


Other locations
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