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Juan Ponce de Leon
Transcript of Juan Ponce de Leon
In 1506, Ponce de Leon explored an island named Borinquin (later renamed Puerto Rico.) There, he met an Indian carrying a nugget of gold. Hoping to discover more gold, Ponce de Leon led soldiers to conquer Puerto Rico. Although Ponce de Leon killed many Native Americans King Ferdinand of Spain made him governor of the island.
About Juan Ponce de Leon
He was born around 1460
He died in 1521 because a Indian shot him with an arrow on his chest
When he was a teenager he joined Spanish forces
He sailed with Christopher Columbus's second voyage
He was conquered and was made Puerto Rico's governor in 1508
Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish explorer and soldier who was the first European to set foot in Florida.
He was one of the people that went on Christopher Columbus's second voyage. Juan Ponce de Leon were one of the explorers that wanted to discover more gold.
Stories about Juan Ponce de Leon
Juan Ponce de Leon was a successful and unsuccessful explorer.
The Fountain of Youth
Juan Ponce de Leon heard of another story. It was an island with a fountain. It was the fountain of youth. Ponce de Leon wanted to look for such a wonderful island with such a wonderful fountain. He went up and down the coast line to look for the island. But it was nowhere to be found.
About the Trip
In March of 1513 Juan and about 200 other men in three ships were off to Bimini, but they never made it.
On the way home to Puerto Rico two of Juan's ships were struck by a hurricane.
Juan Ponce de Leon left Puerto Rico in February of 1521 with 200 settlers and supplies to establish a colony.
When Juan Ponce de Leon got to Florida in 1521 a poison arrow shot him and the settlers decided to go back to Puerto Rico.
When the ship got to the north shore of Cuba to get supplies Juan Ponce de Leon died of the wound.