My photo. Pelican Little Sarasota Bay at Blackburn Point. Florida! 2015

Friday, February 28, 2014

The "Feast of Flowers" Origins of the state name, Florida

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Juan Ponce de Leon (1460-1521) He believed Florida was an island. He came ashore April 2nd, 1513; named it after the Easter feast of flowers, "Pasqua florida." After fighting Carib Indians of the Lower Antilles, he returned to Florida in 1521; he tried to establish a settlement, but was driven off by the Indians, and fatally wounded. He died in Havana, Cuba.
I instantly loved the origins of my state,  Florida's name, a little something extra. *

With Easter just around the corner, it feels right to include the “feast of flower’s”, honoring the resurrection.  and...honoring my Florida and the origins of the state name.

Peace to you.

screaming yellow hibiscus & hot pink hibiscus
     the wild magnolia

(I have studied history previously, evidently I did not pay attention about the naming of Florida.)


  1. Oh, what lovely photos. And I was just reading to hubby the history lesson. He absolutely loves that.

    1. I am so happy you both enjoyed the mini history.