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Juan Ponce de Leon
|Juan Ponce de León|
Santervás de Campos, Castile
1521 (aged 46–47)|
|Spouse||Leonor Ponce de León|
Juan Ponce de León (how to say: /ˈpɒns də ˈliən/; 1474 – July 1521) was a Spanish explorer. He was the first Governor of Puerto Rico and led the first European expedition to Florida, which he named. He was looking for the legendary Fountain of Youth.
Juan Ponce de León was born in a village called Santervás de Campos in the northern part of what is now the Spanish province of Valladolid. While early historians have said he was born in 1460, newer evidence shows he was probably born in 1474. It is believed that he was a member of a famous noble family.
- Morison, p. 502, 515, 529. Traditionally a birth date of 1460 has been used but more recent evidence points to 1474.
- Juan Ponce de León: the exploration of Florida and the search for the Fountain of Youth. By Robert Greenberger. The Rosen Publishing Group, New York. 2003. Page 18.