Florida 1

The story of the Spanish in what is now the U.S. really begins in Florida with *Ponce de León, who looked for the fountain of youth in 1513.  He called the land Florida (flowery) because it was discovered on Easter (Pascua Florida).  He was killed by the Seminoles in 1521.  (The Seminole people never signed a treaty with either the Spanish or the U.S. to this day.  They still live in or near the Everglades—very independent).

Pánfilo de Narváez, exploring Florida in 1528, shipwrecked off coast of Texas—most died or went to Cuba  (but, more later).

Lucas Vásquez de Ayllón, took 500 colonists in 1526 to near what is now Washington, D.C. (almost 100 years before the English even paid much attention to New World).
Almost all died, and those who survived returned to Cuba & Dominican Republic.

*Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, finally founded 1st Spanish settlement in what is now U.S. at
St. Augustine, Florida, 1565.