Ponce de Leon

In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who sailed with Columbus on his second voyage in 1493, set out in search of a land called "Bimini". Legend has it that he was attracted by rumor that here was to be found a fountain whose waters would restore the youth of all who drank from it.

On Easter Sunday, 1513, Ponce de Leon sighted the east coast of Florida and named it Pascua Florida for the Easter feast of flowers.

In 1514, Ponce de Leon was appointed governor and given the sole right to conquer and colonize Florida. He was wounded and died in an Indian attack in 1521.


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