THE IMPACT OF A TROPICAL STORM ON FLORIDA'S CULTURAL ORIGIN
The struggle between France and Spain , April 1562 to October 1565, determined Florida's early colonization. In the opinion of the writers, the outcome was strongly influenced by tropical storms assailing Florida's eastern coast in August and September 1565. These storms severely hampered Pedro Menendez de Aviles' land campaign. However, the cost to the French was greater. Storms destroyed most of Jean Ribault's Florida fleet.