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Juan Ponce de Leon

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Juan Ponce de Leon Juan Ponce de Leon (c.l460-1521) is believed to have sailed with Columbus in 1493, and served 1502-1504 in Hispaniola.

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He conquered Puerto Rico in 1508, and was made governor in 1509. In 1513 he was the first European to reach Florida.

He returned to Spain in 1514 to report his "discovery" of Florida (which he thought was an island), and was given permission by King Ferdinand to colonize it. In the attempt, he received an arrow wound of which he died in Cuba.

Why is Juan Ponce de Leon famous?

Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish soldier and explorer.

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1474 births
1521 deaths
People from Valladolid (province)
Age of Discovery
Deaths by poisoning
Florida colonial people
Royal Governors of Puerto Rico
Spanish conquistadors
Explorers of North America
15th-century Spanish people
16th-century Spanish people
16th-century explorers


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