Associated Press Release
MIAMI (AP) -- Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia of Asturias are celebrating 500 years of Spanish influence in Florida this week.
The prince was to present the Juan Ponce de Leon 500th Anniversary award to Miami Dade College President Eduard Padron for the educator's efforts to preserve Hispanic heritage in Florida and across the nation.
Ponce de Leon was the Spanish explorer who in 1513 landed in Florida. He arrived nearly a century before the British established Virginia's Jamestown Settlement. De Leon was also governor of Puerto Rico and credited with naming the island for its gold reserves. The royal couple inaugurated the 30th anniversary of the Miami Book Fair Sunday.