Ponce de Leon



Born 1480-

Died 1521




Ponce de Leon

Ponce de Leon's route
Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon was a Spanish explorer and soldier.  He discovered Florida. He discovered the Gulf Stream.  The Gulf Stream is a current in the Atlantic Ocean. Ponce de Leon was searching for the legendary fountain of youth, gold and other riches.
Ponce de Leon sailed on Christopher Columbus' second expedition. He did not return to Spain with Columbus. His first expedition was in March 1513. He had three ships and about 200 men. They soon came to the east coast of Florida (St. Augustine). He claimed the land for Spain.
His last expedition was to the west coast of Florida.  They were met by Native American warriors. Ponce de Leon was wounded in this fight. He later died in Havana, Cuba, from this wound. He is buried in San Juan, Puerto Rico.






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