Living history group forming

Davis Walker reported to Historic City News that La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León (The Company of Juan Ponce de León) is now forming in preparation for Florida’s upcoming 500th anniversary.

This group of historical re-enactors will present the 16th-century company of Don Juan Ponce de León, the founder of Florida, who led the first documented European expedition to what is now the continental United States in 1513 and established the first European colony in the continental U.S. in 1521.

The purpose of this living history group will be to offer a historically accurate, research-based presentation of Florida’s founding at the beginning of the 16th century.

It will be dedicated to fostering an understanding of the state’s early history through public programs, events, demonstrations, portrayals, media relations, and publications.

The group will also play an exciting, colorful role in Florida’s 500th anniversary observances in 2013.

All genders, all races, all ages are welcome to join us! Sailors, soldiers, and settlers are needed. Native American re-enactors, portraying Timucua, Ais, and Calusa, are especially welcome. No previous re-enacting experience is necessary!

For more information on La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León, please contact us toll-free at 877-FLA-HIST (877-352-4478)

La Compañía de Juan Ponce de León is a member unit of Florida Living History, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the support of living history activities, events, and portrayals related to the history of Florida.

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