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Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon was a famous Spanish explorer who is most famous for is leading the first European expedition to Florida, which he named.

Sail away with Juan Ponce de Leon!

  • On April 3, 1513 Spanish Conquistador Juan Ponce de Leon landed on what he believed to be an island, he named it La Florida.
  • The myth has grown that he was searching for the Fountain of Youth to aid the ageing Spanish King, who had just married a women 35 years younger than himself.

The epitaph of Juan Poce de Leon reads - "Here rest the bones of a LION, mightier in deeds than in name."