• I don't think there were any real "advantages" to consider other than "location", "location", "location". Not strategic location, but location as in real estate between Africa and China. It was a place to build gas stations and Spring Break destinations.
  • Actually: they claimed any territory their explorers came upon, and what these explorers were after primarily was: gold. What motivated them to build SETTLEMENTS in Florida was a French Huguenot settlement (which was used by France to claim the same territory for France). In fact: the leader of the Spanish expedition to found St Augustine was given the explicit task of removing any non-Spaniard Europeans from the East Coast of the Americas from the Gulf of Mexico (i.e. the Western coast of Florida) all the way to Newfoundland. This leader set out to attack the French colony quite quickly after setting up his base in Florida at what is now St Augustine.

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