On 10 July, 1509, Diego Colón, the child of Christopher Columbus, showed up in Hispaniola as acting Viceroy, supplanting Nicolás de Ovando.For quite a long while Diego Colón had been pursuing a fight in court over his privileges to acquire the titles and benefits allowed to his father.Although the courts had requested that Ponce de León ought to stay in office, Colón dodged this mandate on 28 October, 1509 by designating Juan Ceron boss equity and Miguel Diaz boss constable of the island, successfully superseding the authority of the governor.This circumstance won until 2 March, 1510, when Ferdinand gave orders reaffirming Ponce de León's situation as representative. Ponce de León then had Ceron and Diaz captured and sent back to Spain.
Bits of gossip about unfamiliar islands toward the northwest of Hispaniola had arrived at Spain by 1511, and Ferdinand was keen on preventing further investigation and disclosure by Colón. With an end goal to remunerate Ponce de León for his administrations, Ferdinand encouraged him to look for these new terrains outside the authority of Colón.
In February 1512 an illustrious agreement was dispatched illustrating his privileges and specialists to scan for "the Islands of Benimy".
Ponce de León furnished three boats with in any event 200 men at his own cost and set out from Puerto Rico on 4 March, 1513.
On 27 March, Easter Sunday, they located an island that was new to the mariners on the campaign. Since numerous Spanish sailors were familiar with the Bahamas, which had been ousted by slaving adventures, a few researchers accept that this "island" was really Florida, as it was believed to be an island for quite a long while after its conventional disclosure.
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