Juan Ponce De Leon

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Juan Ponce De Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon was born in 1474 in a wealthy spanish family. He worked as a page for a knight for most of his youth. After he was taught the Code of Honor, the way he would be expected to work as a knight, he became a squire. As a squire, Ponce de Leon was taught how to hunt and use weapons such as swords and spanish guns that kind of looked like rifles. He finally put his skills to the test when he fought in the battle against the Moors in Granada from 1487 to 1492. Because he fought so well in the battle, he was allowed to join Christopher Columbus' second journey to the "New World." There, he helped build a settlement called Higuey. Ponce de Leon went to Florida two times. On his first journey, He and his navigator discovered the Gulf Stream. He went to Florida two times because he tried to colonize the land on his second voyage. In 1521, Ponce de Leon died at the age of 47. He was taken to a settlement after a Calusa Indian's poisoned arrow hit him. His wound became infected and he died a few weeks after he was hit.


1474 - Juan Ponce de Leon was born in Spain1493 - Ponce de Leon joined Christopher Columbus' second journey to the the "New World"1508 - Juan Ponce de Leon is given permission to colonize Puerto Rico1510 - The settlement of Caparra in Puerto Rico was finished.1511 - Ponce was replaced by Christopher Columbus' son, Diego Columbus as the governor of Puerto RicoApril 3, 1513 - Ponce de Leon reaches the Coast of FloridaOctober 1513 - Ponce de Leon and the crew he brought with him return back to Puerto Rico 1521 - Ponce de Leon dies at the age of 42

1. Juan Ponce de Leon was the first Europeon explorer to ever set foot in Florida2. Ponce de Leon discovered the Gulf Stream.3. He fought in the battle of The Moors of Granada from 1487- 14924. He became the governer of Higuey, the settlement on the island of Hispaniola.

Lasting Impact

Ponce de Leon did many things to help the world. 1.He found Florida, and called it La Florida, because the first things he saw, were flowers, and La Florida means flower in spanish. 2. He found the Gulf Stream.


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A map of Ponce de Leon's explorer routes

Juan Ponce de Leon

red route = Ponce de Leon's voyage to Florida in 1513blue route = Ponce de Leon's voyage to Puerto Rico in 1508

This is what Ponce de Leon saw when he landed on the coast of Puerto Rico.

The astrolabe is an instrument that measures the position of the sun and stars, and then tells you which way is North. Ponce de Leon used the tool a lot while sailing.

Spain's Flag during Ponce de Leon's time


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