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"Phoenician coins were current in 1863;" but it is questionable if this be really the case to any great extent, as the occasional appearance of an unusual coin, the rarity of which attracts attention, probably gave rise to the statement.

The first expedition of De Leon in 1512 took place during the region of Ferdinand.  Miruelo in 1516 could scarcely have brought the moneys of Charles V, and besides, his stay on the coast was very short and it does not appear that he had any communication with the natives.  As both De Cordova in 1517 and Aliminos in 1519 met with a hostile reception, they could have had no friendly interchange with the inhabitants.  The expedition of 1520 sent by De Ayllon was far to the northward and much beyond the present boundary of Florida, and the second one of De Leon in 1521 was unfortunate, he too
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