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Updated: 04/30/2014 08:00:06AM

Ponce de Leon met his fate near Warm Mineral Springs

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Steve Arbuckle

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It was a long time ago, but not far away. In July of 1521 Juan Ponce de Leon was ambushed by members of the Calusa tribe of Native Americans near what is now known as Warm Mineral Springs.

The famous Spanish conquistador was wounded in the leg by a poisoned arrow. The men in his command took the injured leader back to his ship anchored in Charlotte Harbor and sailed for Havana, Cuba without delay. But it was to no avail as the poison in the wound killed him within a week.

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