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St. Augustine, Fla., prepares for state’s 500th birthday

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — In preparation for the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of La Florida in March 1513, the nation’s oldest city is polishing its image with expanded tourist resources, new restaurants, and updated attractions, all of which add depth and substance to the legends that surround this storied place.

Scholarly studies indicate that Ponce de Leon first sighted and named La Florida on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1513, and came ashore on April 3. Celebrations of the discovery that launched five centuries of Spanish, British, and American culture are underway and will continue throughout 2013.

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