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Conquistador In honor of Columbus Day, a tip of the hat to another explorer, Ponce de Leon. The 500th anniversary of his landing here in Charlotte Harbor will be celebrated next spring. This gentleman is a member of the Royal Order of Ponce de Leon, which promotes understanding of the history of those explorations. The story goes that Ponce de Leon landed here before landing in St. Augustine or Pensacola, but the natives proved to be unfriendly and he left after a month.