24 May 1539
On this date in 1539...
On a search for wealthy cities rumored to be north of Mexico, Friar Marcos de Niza recorded in his journal that he finally sighted Cibola, though he never actually reached the city. His report will lead to future doomed expeditions looking for the "Seven Cities of Gold."
- 1513 - While exploring the Gulf Coast of Florida, Spanish Conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon engaged in a fight with Calusa Indians near Charlotte harbor. De Leon’s troops capture four Calusa warriors.
- 1818 - General Andrew Jackson’s troops captured Pensacola, Florida.
- 1861 - Invading federal troops occupied Alexandria, Virginia.
- 1961 - Twenty-seven Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for disturbing the peace and inciting to riot.
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