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The Conquest of Christianity
Arriving with the first explorers to la Florida, early missionaries had failed in their previous attempts to convert Florida's native population. The 1565 expedition of explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles once again carried Spain's Jesuit Friars determined to this time succeed in their endeavor. Additionally, Menendez, himself a devout Catholic, gave the order to that all supply ships entering La Florida must bring additional priests. The Spanish were now determined to achieve success both in conquest and conversion.
In his diary, Father Francisco Lopez, fleet chaplain of the Menendez expedition recorded the September 8, 1565 landing of Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Captain General of the Indies Fleet and Adelantado of Florida at the village of Seloy:
500 Years of Florida
Exciting times are on the horizon. 2013 marks the 500th Anniversary of the landing of Ponce de Leon in Florida at St. Augustine and Charlotte Harbors in 1513 and then again in 1521. The Royal Order of Ponce de Leon Conquistadors will be working closely with the City of Punta Gorda to make the 500th Anniversary one spectacular event. Florida Weekly ran an article detailing the event:
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You can’t help but notice the jolly group of gentlemen and -women. Each March, they come ashore at Laishley Park in a whimsical craft, wearing tights, feathered helmets and cummerbunds. The latter-day lads and lasses also appear in parades and at numerous community events.
"The Royal Order of Ponce de Leon Conquistadors is a civic group formed to promote our area by keeping alive the 1513 discovery of Charlotte Harbor by Juan Ponce de Leon."
Indeed, the conquistadors have earned broad recognition, and were recently invited to help plan the 500th anniversary of Florida’s discovery by Secretary of State Kurt S. Browning. Whoa. These guys are much more than men in tights.
2013 marks 500 years since Ponce de Leon set shore in Charlotte, and the Conquistadors are planning a major celebration. So polish your doubloons and fire up the cannons, because the civic-minded Conquistadors not only know about history, they throw one heck of a party.
Click here for a Word document detailing Ponce de Leon in The New World
Click here for a Word document with maps of Ponce de Leon’s first voyage
2012 - Big Bang or Big Business
It's a date that has caused controversy for decades. December 21, 2012. Some feel it will be the end of days, the apocalypse, doomsday. Others are capitalizing on the clamor and keeping the media hype alive for business purposes. Now upon us, the 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of various beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012. This date is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the ancient Mayan calendar. Various astronomical alignments, numerological formulas, and scientific theories have been proposed pertaining to this date seeking to validate it.
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