Juan Ponce de Leon

1513 — La Florida
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Mucozo, Ortiz & The Indian Princess


Jacques LeMoyne (1564)

Juan Ponce de Leon asks the friendly natives he met on Florida’s East Coast, near St. Augustine, if the knew of a Fountain of Youth, somewhere in the jungle?  The natives were friendly, but suspicious of the strangers. They didn’t know of a Fountain of Youth, but they’d rather the strangers go off looking, than staying and demanding hospitality.
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1622 Atocha & Mel Fisher 
Most European “missionaries” were ruthless and violent in their effort to convince native Floridians, and all The New World, Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Those natives who refused to accept the Roman Catholic World View were often killed. Many others, entire communities, were attacked by virus and disease the Christians had brought with them from Europe.

Aztec Empire (Sun Worship)
Inca Empire (Emeralds & Gold)

Mayan Empire (Jungle Pyramids)
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RAIN FOREST (Will Calhoun Native Lands)

First, the Spanish built missions throughout the southern parts of today’s United States, stretching from Florida to Georgia, and eventually, west to the Mississippi River, Texas, Mexico, the Southwestern Desert, California, and the Pacific Ocean.

1600s — Mission of Conquest

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1529 — Friends and Enemies

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Juan Ortiz — A Spanish sailor, left ashore by the landing party he had been a part of, near Tampa Bay.

Born in Seville, Spain, and the son of a nobleman, Ortiz first traveled to Florida with the ill-fated conquistador Panfilo de Narvaez. He was still a teenager when he became a killer in the brutal commander Narvaez’ expeditionary army.

Narvaez landed in Tampa Bay, near today’s St. Petersburg, in 1528, and he treated the native Tocobaga Indians as enemies. Without warning, he attacked the native village, allowing his soldiers to kill, rape, and pillage the native community to their pleasure and satisfaction.

In the end, Narvaez had personally disfigured the face of the chief named Hirrihigua, and had fed one of the chief’s nephews to one of his expeditionary war dogs, before marching into Florida’s interior.

[Jules Verne, From The Earth To The Moon description]

Chief Hirrihigua, defeated and critically injuried was left behind to die. But he survived, and his community triaged itself miraculously, and recovered to once again thrive on the Tampa Bay shore.

Chief Hirrihigua was thankful that he, his wife, and two teenage daughters had survived the Spanish attack, but his hate for the Europeans only intensified.

Unfortunately for young Juan Ortiz, years later, he found himself the target of Hirrihigua’s hateful rage.

Ortiz had been a member of the Narvaez expedition, but hadn’t participated in in the murderous rampage, and was sent back to Cuba, rather than march into Florida’s interior, following the expedition’s sadistic commander.

Ortiz settled into a life in Havana, but Narvaez had been away for almost two years, and his wife began to worry. She ordered a small ship, with 20 sailors, back to Florida to search for her husband, and Ortiz was among those in the party.

When the ship arrived at Tampa Bay, the sailors spotted what appeared to be a note attached to a stick or reed that had been left on a beach. Indians were seen, and two were paddling out to the anchored Spanish ship. As it had been three years before, the Tocobagans were treated as enemies, and the natives who had paddled out to welcome the ship, were taken hostage, and locked in the ship’s cargo hold.

Then, Ortiz and three others were sent ashore in a small row boat to retrieve the note on the beach.

They rode a set of breaking waves onto what they thought was an empty beach, but as soon as they landed, a group of Tocobagan warriors emerged from the tall dunes, and took the sailors prisoner.

They were Hirrihigua’s archers, armed with 15-foot, cypress bows, and poison-tipped, razor sharp heads at the tip/end/point of precisely carved, hard oak arrow.

At the same time Ortiz and the others were away, the two native hostages were able to break out from below, and jumped overboard, and swam away to safety ashore.


Three of the prisoners were killed with arrows in the plaza of Hirrihigua’s village, Ortiz was the only European left, and was expected to meet the same fate as his already deceased mates.

But Chief Hirrihigua’s memory was long, and he wanted Ortiz to suffer. So Hirrihigua ordered “The White Boy” (Ortiz was 18 years old) be tied to a large wooden grill, a barbecoa, and placed over a bed of glowing-red hot coals. Hirrihigua wanted to see (and hear) Ortiz being roasted alive, slowly, and agonizingly.

But young love intervened, and saved Ortiz from Hirrihigua’s hate and lust for blood. 

Ortiz’s screams soon filled the air and several female relatives of the chief rushed forward to plea for his life. Among these was said to be a daughter of the chief, long remembered in Florida tradition as Princess

Ortiz survived but was severely burned and bore the scars of the ordeal for the rest of his life. He eventually went on to live with another area chief named Mocozo, who was an enemy of the warriors who had captured him.

In 1539, Mocozo unexpectedly informed him that Spanish ships had arrived in the bay and that he was free to go. He set out with several companions to find the explorers, but when he did so the Spanish unexpectedly attacked
his little party.

Barely still able to speak his native language, Ortiz called out a religious phrase and the stunned soldiers halted their attack. The told him they were from Hernando de Soto’s army and carried him back to their leader. De Soto used Ortiz as an interpreter and he joined the disastrous expedition. The eventual fate of Princess Hirrihigua is not known.

Although claims have been advanced on behalf of several communities, the oldest known legend associates the rescue of Ortiz with the Pinellas Point Temple Mound in St. Petersburg. This ancient Tocobaca site is said to have been the village of Hirrihigua (or Ucita, depending on the sorce), the chief who
captured Ortiz.


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