Juan Ponce de León on The Bahamas
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León reached the northern end of The Bahamas on his first voyage to Florida on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1513.
The Spanish shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola (the Dominican Republic and Haiti).
The Bahamas were mostly deserted from 1513 until 1648, when English colonists from Bermuda settled on the island of Eleuthera.