Early European explorations met with disaster. When Juan Ponce de Leon discovered La Florida for Spain in 1513, he didn't name it for being "the land of flowers," as commonly assumed, but for the time of year in which he landed, Easter Day, Pascua Florida. In fact, Ponce de Leon found the territory threatening and inhospitable. Storms, disease, and starvation killed most of the subsequent Narvaez Expedition, which set out in 1528. Of the 600 who embarked, four made it back to New Spain in 1536. Similar losses hit Hernando de Soto's expedition, which started with a march north through the peninsula's center. The Spanish were brutal, but by many accounts the indigenous population was, too: the land was carved between dozens of peoples, most of whom spoke as many dialects and languages. Ancient emnities existed between them.
😭Northern lights yesterday!! Shot these with my little sony only cuz my Fuji didn't work! Never underestimate its ability haha🤣 Thank you @laplandwelcome for the amazing tour!! We had so much fun #rovaniemi