Historic Markers Across Florida

Ponce de Leon Historical Park Dedicated To America's First Colony

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Location: Ponce de Leon Historical Park, Punta Gorda
County: Charlotte
Waymark: None


The first European settlement in what is now the United States was established on the shores of Charlotte Harbor by explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and a band of more than 200 soldiers, priests, farmers, artisans and monks. The colony lasted for about six months, finally collapsing after a battle with hostile Caloosa Indians in which Juan Ponce was mortally wounded. The exact location of the colony is still unknown, but it pre-dated the Jamestown colony and the pilgrim landings by nearly a century, and the establishment of St. Augustine by a quarter of a century.

The City of Punta Gorda, Florida, in cooperation with Punta Gorda Isles, Inc.


City: Punta Gorda, FL