Bahia del Espiritu Santo-1513On this day, May 24, ships were sent to seek a mainland colony site and to sound and chart the newly found "Bay of the Holy Spirit" (Charlotte Harbor). For three weeks explorations continued, seldom by land. There were at least three meetings with the Caloosas; once they offered "guanin" (low gold) and skins for trade and promised more. But in other meetings fighting erupted and "several Indians" and one Spaniard were killed. Thus the first white man died in America, victim of Indian arrows and the place of his death was called "Matanca" (Pine Island).
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|Placed By||The City of Punta Gorda, Florida, in cooperation with Punta Gorda Isles, Inc|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 391196 N 2976961|
|Decimal Degrees||26.91021667, -82.09573333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 26° 54.613', W 82° 5.744'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||26° 54' 36.78" N, 82° 5' 44.64" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling South|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy, Punta Gorda FL 33950, US|
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