|Juan Ponce de Leon
Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish explorer who went with Columbus on his second journey to the Americas. Juan was the first person European to set foot on Florida. Juan liked the village so much that he decided to stay there. De Leon was later named governor of
the newly founded country, Puerto Rico. One
of the first myths that he heard about on the
island was about an everlasting fountain, called
the Fountain of Youth. Legend had it that this
Fountain would give eternal life to whomever
drank from it. Over the next few years, Juan
spent most of his time plotting out where this
Fountain was. Finally, in March 1513, Ponce
de Leon set sail for the nearby coast of Florida.
On March 27th of that same year, Juan
reached the coast of Florida. He searched
for the Fountain for many months. After
countless attacks of disease and Native Americans, Ponce de Leon decided to come back to Puerto Rico. He went back again in search of the Fountain of Youth on September 27, 1514. He did not find it so he left. He made one last search in 1521 but was attacked by the Native Americans who he had mistreated in previous visits. Ponce de Leon and many of his men were wounded. They never found the Fountain of Youth. Juan Ponce De Leon’s exploration was important because he was the first known European to set foot on what is now the United States and he found the Bahama Channel during his search for the Fountain of Youth, which gave a shorter route between Cuba and Europe.
Land explored by Leon Route Leon took to Florida