The Land Ponce de Leon Found: La Florida Symposium Celebrates State’s 500th Anniversary

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LA FLORIDA

A VIVA FLORIDA 500 SPECIAL EVENT!

JOIN US ON SATURDAY, APRIL 6

On Saturday, April 6, coinciding with the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival on Florida’s east coast, University Press of Florida (UPF) welcomes the public to attend La Florida, a commemorative symposium considering the world, culture and environment encountered by early explorers of the state. Part of the Viva Florida 500 initiative, La Florida will take place at 10:15 a.m. in the Lucille T. Maloney Classroom at the Florida Museum of Natural History. There is no admission fee and light refreshments will be provided.

“To celebrate the Quincentennial, we wanted to engage people with Florida’s remarkable history and culture by giving them a glimpse of the world Spanish explorers discovered upon first landing,” says UPF Director, Meredith Morris-Babb. La Florida features a panel of five distinguished scholars, four of them hailing from the University of Florida: Michael Gannon, William H. Marquardt, Kathy Deagan, Steve Noll, and Chris F. Meindl (University of South Florida). Collectively, their expertise represents Florida studies, history, geography, archaeology, and ethnology.

Presentations will provide insight into Ponce de Leon’s voyage and examine the events that followed the arrival of explorers on April 2, 1513: interactions with native peoples, initial efforts to settle Florida, the land and environment, and resulting Spanish influences in the state. A complete program and full speaker biographies are available by visiting the La Florida event page: http://upf.com/LaFlorida.html

Florida Museum of Natural History is located in Powell Hall, at 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611. La Florida guests are offered discounted museum admission with proof of event attendance and are invited to stay after to explore current exhibits.  For more information about the La Florida event, call 352.846.2000.

Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State, under the leadership of Governor Rick Scott, to highlight the 500 years of historic people, places and events in present-day Florida since the arrival of Juan Ponce de León to the land he named La Florida in 1513.

University Press of Florida is the official publisher of the State University System. More information about the press can be obtained by visiting www.upf.com. UPF is located at 15 NW 15th Street, Gainesville, FL 32603.

Michael Gannon is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Florida and author and editor of numerous books including "The New History of Florida."

Michael Gannon is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Florida and author and editor of numerous books including “The New History of Florida.”

William H. Marquardt is Curator of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Director of the Randall Research Center.

William H. Marquardt is Curator of South Florida Archaeology and Ethnography at the Florida Museum of Natural History and Director of the Randall Research Center.

Kathy Deagan is Distinguished Research Curator of Archaeology Emerita and the Lockwood Professor of Florida and Caribbean Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Kathy Deagan is Distinguished Research Curator of Archaeology Emerita and the Lockwood Professor of Florida and Caribbean Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Chris F. Meindl is Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

Chris F. Meindl is Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Florida Studies Program at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

Steve Noll is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Florida.

Steve Noll is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Florida

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