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The city was incorporated in 1969 as the "City of Port St. Lucie", but residents voted to change the name to simply "Port St. Lucie" in 1991, and it officially became a city on April 19, 1997. The area had been settled by Native Americans since at least 2500 B.C., but European exploration began with Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León's Florida landing in 1513-1514 (although some sources say he landed near present-day Fort Lauderdale). In 1819, after years of disputed claims between Spain and Great Britain over Florida and other territories west of the Atlantic Ocean which were ceded by Spain following its defeat during the American Revolutionary War; this territory was acquired from Spain via treaty by an exchange involving lands held east of New Orleans that had previously been part of French Louisiana (the land given up included what is now known as Texas).