Facts about juan ponce de leon for kids

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Juan Ponce de Leon by Jane Sutcliffe

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A decade later, he was serving as governor of the eastern province of Hispaniola when he decided to explore a nearby island, which became Puerto Rico. Thinking it was the island he sought, he sailed back to colonize the region in , but was fatally wounded in an Indian attack soon after his arrival.
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Juan Ponce De Leon

Though little is known about his family, he was of noble birth and served in the Spanish military from a young age. He first came to the Americas as a "gentlemen volunteer" with Christopher Columbus ' second expedition in He was authorized to explore the neighboring island of Puerto Rico in and was named the first Governor of Puerto Rico by appointment of the Spanish crown in He landed somewhere along Florida's east coast, then charted the Atlantic coast down to the Florida Keys and north along the Gulf coast, perhaps as far as Charlotte Harbor. Though in popular culture he was supposedly searching for the Fountain of Youth , there is no contemporary evidence to support the story, which all modern historians call a myth. He would not return to Puerto Rico for two years.

Kids learn about the biography of explorer Juan Ponce de Leon including his early life, going to the New World, governor of Puerto Rico, exploring Florida, the .
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Juan Ponce De Leon was just one of the explorers the Spanish crown sent to look for gold. He had hopes of finding much more, though. Juan Ponce De Leon was born in in Spain. His parents were nobles and Ponce De Leon led a privileged life. He became a soldier, fighting against the Moors in Granada, and later sailed to America with Christopher Columbus. He was made governor of Hispaniola, the settlement started by Columbus. Answer: He reached the North American mainland.

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