Juan Ponce de Leon

and the Fountain of Youth

Introduction

In conclusion, the Fountain of Youth does not exist and Juan Ponce de Leon is not crazy at all, he was just disrespected after his death. You may be thinking, “ Why did they do such an awful thing when he got more land and money for his country?”, and I to wonder why they would do that to, because he was certainly not crazy. He is the exact opposite of crazy, he was generous to risk his life, to travel on boat, away from his home, to get land and money for England. I encourage you to research more about Juan Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth.


How he found out

Juan Ponce de Leon was born in 1460 in Leon, Spain. He went with Christopher Columbus to the Caribbeans in 1413 and while he was there he heard rumors about a magical fountain from the local Taino Indians. They told him that it was somewhere north of Cuba known as Bimini. The Taino Indians are the ones who told him about the Fountain of Youth and got Juan Ponce de Leon pumped up to look for it.

His first searches

Juan Ponce de Leon wanted to find the fountain of youth. He set sail in 1513 to present day Florida. He landed near St. Augustine where a statue of him stands to this day. On Juan Ponce de Leon’s journey to Florida he was probably not that interested in finding the Fountain of Youth as much as finding land and gold for Spain. This was proven because no documents or letters written by him stated once that finding the mythical, Fountain of Youth, was his goal! After Juan Ponce de Leon’s death they made up the story of the fountain of youth in order to portray him as foolish and gullible.

People still look

Millions of people still believe and look for the Fountain of Youth. In St. Augustine there is a fountain of youth archaeological park. This tourist attraction has been open since about 1901. So far no one has gotten any younger by going into these sulfur smelling waters of it’s natural spring. Many people search for the Fountain of Youth on the internet but never have success in finding it. History and facts can only go so far as to telling people the truth of stories.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the Fountain of Youth does not exist and Juan Ponce de Leon is not crazy at all, he was just disrespected after his death. You may be thinking, “ Why did they do such an awful thing when he got more land and money for his country?”, and I to wonder why they would do that to, because he was certainly not crazy. He is the exact opposite of crazy, he was generous to risk his life, to travel on boat, away from his home, to get land and money for England. I encourage you to research more about Juan Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth.