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Today in Heritage History, April 3, 1513, Florida is discovered and claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon. After de Leon and his exploratory shore crews discovered the native Coots Tribe of Florida, de Leon surmised that someone had (apparently) poisoned the Fountain of Youth and intended to leave Florida immediately. He was forced to stay however for several more days, as he and his crew were overrun and surrounded by droves of native Coots, hoping to file applications and qualify for Social Security benefits (now also) from Spain.

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