The 4th Letter of Ponce De Leon - Plot Summary Poster


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  • One day while walking on a Florida beach, young Orchid Lancaster finds a small chest that contains the long sought 4th Letter written by Juan Ponce de Leon to the Spanish Crown. Her father never suspected that the 500 year old secret it contained would deliver him to the intersection of history, destiny and hostility. It is well-documented that during his exploration of the New World Ponce de Leon wrote letters or official communications to the Spanish Crown. Although there is dispute about the exact number some believe that he wrote four letters and that the fourth one, despite years of searching, has never been found. One day while walking on the beach Orchid Lancaster, stumbles upon a small chest in Naples, FL. The chest contains the fourth letter and some remarkable contents that were originally sent to the Spanish Crown in 1522. The letter is determined to be authentic, written by Ponce de Leon and sent from the southwest coast of Florida (La Florida). The troubling aspect is that the letter is dated 1522; Historical records indicate that Ponce de Leon died in Cuba in the Summer of 1521. As her father discovers more details about the famed explorer's landing in 1521 it becomes apparent that a crucial and almost unbelievable misinterpretation of history has remained a secret for over 500 years. It is a piece of antique gold jewelry worn by a socialite that confirms his suspicions.

  • Young girl discovers chest containing remarkable 4th letter of Ponce de Leon. Her father, an inquisitive novelist, becomes intrigued by some apparent historical inconsistencies. His search for an explanation puts him face to face with the fabled Spanish Explorer. The father reluctantly learns that he is the heir to a 500 year old pact made between the native Florida people and the Spanish Explorer.


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