In 1506, upon the death of Christopher Columbus, who had been appointed lifetime military governor of his discoveries, the Spanish authorities refused to grant the same privilege to his son Diego Columbus.
The Spanish Crown by then had selected Ponce de León to colonize and govern the island of Puerto Rico. In the meantime Diego Columbus had taken his claim to the top court in Madrid and won his rights
Ponce de León was removed from office in 1511. Feeling that his good name had been damaged and not wishing to serve Diego, Ponce de León obtained title to explore the areas north of Cuba.
Ponce de León claimed "La Florida" for Spain. He named the land La Florida , meaning flowery , either because of the vegetation in bloom he saw there, or because he landed there during Pascua Florida, Spanish for Flowery Passover , meaning the Easter season.
Pascua Florida Day , April 2, is a legal holiday in Florida.
Discovered Florida while searching for the “Fountain of Youth”