2013 will mark 500 years since Juan Ponce de León first landed in our state and claimed the territory for Spain. While the first PERMANENT colonial settlement did not occur until 1565, next year is rightfully the 500th anniversary of our state’s founding. For this we at the Political Hurricane want to cover the important events and personalities that have shaped our state all year long. For this we are seeking the input of you, our readers. What would you like to see covered in greater detail from Florida history, and what do you feel would important subjects to cover? Please let us know in the comment section below this post. Thank You!