Panfilo De Narvaez Arrives In Florida

Narváez was subsequently appointed adelantado (governor) of Florida by Charles V. He sailed from Sanlúcar de Barrameda on June 17, 1527 with a fleet of five ships and 600 men.

The expedition arrived on the coast of Florida in April 1528, weakened by storms and desertions. He landed with 300 men near the Rio de las Palmas—thought to be somewhere near Tampa Bay—among hostile natives.

After 1492 European exploration of the Americas revolutionized how the Old and New Worlds perceived themselves. One of the first major contacts, in what would be called the American Deep South, occurred when conquistador Juan Ponce de León landed in La Florida in April of 1513. Ponce de León was later followed by other Spanish explorers, such as Pánfilo de Narváez in 1528 and Hernando de Soto in 1539.