Clash of Cultures
with Don Juan Ponce de Leon by famed re-enactor Carlos M Bicho
In recognition of the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s landing, the Halpatiokee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution welcomed Carlos Bicho (as Juan Ponce de Leon).
Part of a statewide celebration called Viva Florida 500, the presentation also promotes the exhibition, “Claiming La Florida: On Board with Juan Ponce de León,” on display through June 29 at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in West Palm Beach.
The Clash of Cultures resulted from the strongest resistance by the natives of the Florida Peninsula in general, and the Calusa and Appalache in particular. The Calusa Indians thrived in SW Florida for thousands of years before the Spanish Explorers arrived in 1513 and led to the demise of the Native American Tribes of Florida by the mid 1700’s.
While European biased history has portrayed Spanish explorers with a gracious glamor and mystique, hardship and death were the only treasures found by most of them.
National Merit Awards Presented at October Halpatiokee Meeting
Esther Twitchell, Vice Regent of the Halpatiokee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presents National merit awards to Diane Rafaels (on left) and Elizabeth Cobb (on right) for their outstanding work publicizing local DAR Chapter’s accomplishments in 2013.