Exploring the east coast

A century after Columbus, North America was still unknown although interest was rapidly growing, some believed it was a continent while others remained convinced that it was just a chain of islands. The powers of Europe continued to send explorers across the Atlantic, hoping to gain control of new trade routes. In 1513 Juan Ponce de Le’on who had previously sailed with Columbus took possession of Florida in the name of Spain, thus leading the way to what is now the oldest city in the U.S, St Augustine FL

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