Juan Ponce De Leon
Juan Ponce De Leon was born in 1460 in Santervas de Campos, Spain and had a poor, yet noble family. He served as a page at the court of Aragon, where he learned social skills, religion and military tactics and soon became a soldier. Like other conquistadores, Ponce de León soon sought fame and fortune through exploration, and he began his first quest as part of Christopher Columbus's second expedition in 1493 and would and sail for Spain just like Columbus too.
Juan Ponce De Leon
I'm a working Spanish family man with a knack for adventure and gold and the former governor of Puerto Rico. I am a great settlement establisher of the Caribbean and I planned to make one on the second sailing to the land I named Le Florida but sadly the natives poisoned me with an arrow. I died shortly after retreating back to Cuba and I know rest in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Funded fully by the Spanish Crown, he was sent to Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) to colonize it in the first eight years of the 1500s and with the help of slaves he accomplished this. In 1508 the Spanish Crown sent him to help settle Puerto Rico and took 50 soldiers with him on his ship and came back with lots of gold. He then became the governor of Puerto Rico for all his good work, but it was soon revoked due to other people's behavior.
After that, with all his riches he funded his own trip in attempt to explore the island Bimini in 1513 with 200 men and three ships to his disposal. He never made it to Bimini but he did find something much more interesting. He had landed on the east coast of a place he had dubbed 'Le Florida'. After exploring a little he went back to Spain to report his findings. The Spanish Crown loved hearing about new land and sent him back where he then circled the southern tip to the west coast. He did not complete the mission due to a native attack and he never would again.
These expeditions made Ponce and the Spanish Crown filthy rich and was Ponce's main thing to acquire.
The fountain of youth was believed to be Ponce's fuel to go on this expedition, but many resources give reason to why this can very well be a myth; as he never wrote about it or mentioned it to others.
Florida got it's name from Ponce as it means "flowery" in Spanish becasue he and his crew encountered many, many flowers upon their arrival.