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Juan Ponce de Leon

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Juan Ponce de León
Juan Ponce de León.jpg
Born 1474
Died 1521 (aged 46–47)
Nationality Castilian
Spouse(s) Leonor Ponce de León

Juan Ponce de León (how to say: /ˈpɒns də ˈliən/;[1] 1474 – July 1521)[2] was a Spanish explorer.[3] 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.