Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon

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  • He's beautiful!
  • Juan Ponce de Leon was born in 1560 to Leonor de Figueroa and Pedro Ponce de León.  His father was a nobleman and he grew up in the court of Aragon.
  • I like it here!
  • Ponce de Leon was a squire for a knight and the knight taught him how to fight on horseback.  He would later go on to join Columbus on his second journey in 1493.
  • Ponce de Leon put down a native revolt as a soldier and was made governor of Hispaniola. 
  • This the life!
  • As governor, Ponce de Leon explored and found Puerto Rico.  He established a settlement and the king made him governor.
  • Ponce de Leon was replaced as governor but was allowed to explore the islands north of Puerto Rico.  He landed in Florida and it is thought that he was searching for the fountain of youth.  Just by touching the water would make you young again.  He also mapped the coast.  They also had to fight the fierce natives.
  • Now, people enjoy Florida, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
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