Museum of the Islands

Preserving the past for the future on Pine Island, Florida

Ponce de Leon Brings First Cattle & Horses To The New World

As excerpted from Historia general de los hechos de los Castillanos en las islas i tierra firme del Mar Oceano (General History of the Deeds of the Castilians in the Islands and Mainland of the Ocean Sea), first published 1601-1615 by Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas narrating Ponce de Leon’s 1513 voyage to the New World.

Toward the bottom of this section it describes the type of livestock Ponce de Leon loaded onto his ships:

The in depth recount of two trips to the New World, in 1513 and then in 1521, are Here.

We are still doing research to determine where Ponce de Leon attempted to establish his New World settlement and released his livestock, but many historians believe it was in southwest Florida, and maybe right here on Pine Island.  Check back to see what we find.

See also this section at Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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