Timeline History of Florida

HISTORY OF LA FLORIDA: TIMELINE AT-A-GLANCE

12,000 years ago (10,000 B.C.E.) - Native Americans occupy Florida

16th Century - Africans arrive with Spaniards

1513 - Juan Ponce de León lands on East Coast

1521 - Juan Ponce de León returns and is mortally wounded on Florida’s SW Coast

1528 - Pánfilo de Narváez expedition

1539 - 1543 - Hernando de Soto expedition

1539 - 1540 - Francisco Maldonado

1559 - Tristán de Luna

1562 - Jean Ribault – Jacksonville and Beaufort, SC

1564 - Rene de Laudonnière – Ft. Caroline

1565 - Pedro Menéndez – St. Augustine

1573 – Spanish Missions

1587 – Roanoke (Lost Colony). VA

1607 – Jamestown, VA

1620 – Plymouth (Pilgrims), MASS

1630 – Massachusetts Bay (Puritans)

1687 – The first runaway slaves from northern plantations are granted asylum in St.  Augustine.

1698 - Spaniards re-establish Pensacola

1738 – Fort Mosè

1763 – Florida to Britain

1783 – Florida to Spain

1818 – First Seminole War

1821 – Florida as United States Territory

1845 – Florida becomes a State

Source: Museum of Florida History and www.floridamemory.com/timeline  


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