Juan Ponce de Leon by Claude HurwiczLet your students imaginations soar as they travel around the world with these legendary explorers. Exploring during the Age of Exploration was fraught with violence and danger as well as thrilling discoveries and beautiful lands. Kids will be introduced to the complex issues of land ownership and political intrigue, as well as the interconnections between the history of a people and the history of the land that they called their own.After sailing with Columbus on his second trip to the New World, Ponce de Leon devoted his life to searching for gold and the mythical Fountain of Youth. Students will discover that although this important explorer never found the Fountain of Youth, he did govern Puerto Rico for Spain, and created the first European settlement in Florida.
Biography of Juan Ponce de Leon, Conquistador
His name is usually associated with the exploration of Puerto Rico and Florida, where, according to popular legend, he searched for the legendary Fountain of Youth. He was wounded in an Indian attack in Florida in and died in Cuba shortly thereafter. Historical sources generally agree that he had several blood ties to an influential aristocracy, but his parents are unknown. He could have been on both and gone back to Spain in between. In any event, he arrived in the Americas no later than
Although early historians placed his birth in , more recent evidence shows he was likely born in The identity of his parents is unknown, but he appears to have been a member of a distinguished and influential noble family. The fleet reached the Caribbean in November His directive from the Spanish Crown was to bring order to a colony in disarray. In addition, Ovando awarded him a substantial land grant along with sufficient Indian labor to farm his new estate.
Though little is known about his family, he was of noble birth and served in the Spanish military from a young age. He first came to the Americas as a "gentleman volunteer" with Christopher Columbus 's second expedition in He was authorized to explore the neighboring island of Puerto Rico in and for serving as the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown in He landed somewhere along Florida's east coast, then charted the Atlantic coast down to the Florida Keys and north along the Gulf coast, perhaps as far as Charlotte Harbor. Though in popular culture he was supposedly searching for the Fountain of Youth , there is no contemporary evidence to support the story, which all modern historians call a myth. He would not return to Puerto Rico for two years. However, the native Calusa people fiercely resisted the incursion, and he was seriously wounded in a skirmish.
Ponce de Leon
Juan Ponce de Leon - was a Spanish explorer who is today best remembered for his discoveries in the North America. He was one of the first European who entered Gulf of Mexico and a leader of a first expedition that set foot on the Florida. In addition to his exploration, he gathered considerable fame as a successful politician, noble, governor and was very influential in spreading the myth of the Fountain of Youth , for which he claimed was located in Florida. Juan Ponce de Leon was born in in Santervas, Spain sometimes between and as a son of a wealthy and noble family. After finishing his education by learning several languages, physics, geometry, mathematics and astronomy he joined the court of Spanish royal family where he served as a page to Pedro Nunuz de Guzman, Knight Commander of military order of Calatrava. During early s he traveled the seas as a privateer, fighting against Moors in the Atlantic. However, after the hostilities ended, he found himself bored with the life on the land.
A decade later, he was serving as governor of the eastern province of Hispaniola when he decided to explore a nearby island, which became Puerto Rico. Thinking it was the island he sought, he sailed back to colonize the region in , but was fatally wounded in an Indian attack soon after his arrival. He later became a soldier, fighting in the Spanish campaign against the Moors in Granada. After that war ended, he may have gone along on the second voyage to the West Indies led by Christopher Columbus in He may have unofficially traveled there on his own before that.
He was a Spanish explorer who became the first governor of Puerto Rico, the first European known to reach the mainland of present day United States, and he gave Florida its name. Name : Juan Ponce de Leon [hwahn] [pons duh lee-ohn; Spanish pawn-se de le-ohn]. He is credited with establishing a European settlement in Puerto Rico, being the first European to reach Florida, giving the land its name. Although there is no evidence to support this claim, legend says that Ponce de Leon found Florida while searching for the fabled Fountain of Youth. In return, he would receive training in social etiquette, hunting, and heavy military training.