Juan Ponce De Leon was born in Santervas, Spain in July 1474. He was born in a noble Spanish family and was well educated. He and his parents were Roman Catholic
He was a young soldier starting out. He also sailed with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage. He trained himself to be a warrior so that he could take part in the daring adventures of the time. When he went with Columbus to the “New World” he stayed in the New World in Hispaniola.
He discovered Florida while searching for the Fountain Of Youth which was told that if you drank from it would make you young again. He also found Puerto Rico He had to ask permission from King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to go find the Fountain Of Youth.
His relatives that historians know are Rodrigo Ponce De Leon, and Marquis of Cadiz. He also has a wife named Leonor Ponce De Leon. And a daughter named Juana Ponce De Leon.
He discovered Florida and claimed it for Spain. He also fought a lot with the native Americans. And he got more information for maps too! He even started a settlement in the “New World” in Puerto Rico.
Juan Ponce De Leon was fighting with the Native Americans when one Native shot him with a poisoned arrow and soon after died from his wounds at only 47. He died in Cuba, but was buried in Puerto Rico. A statue still stands tall for him in Puerto Rico.
Juan Ponce De Leon was a tough explorer and young soldier who discovered the wonderful state of Florida searching for the fountain of youth.