Juan Ponce de Leon
by Matthew S
A Rewarding Start That Would Make History
The Adventure into Puerto Rico
Fact or Fiction?
The Fountain of Youth is probably what Ponce de Leon is most famous for looking for. But could this magical anti-aging fountain really exist? The story goes that Ponce de Leon might have heard rumors and stories about the fountain. It was known to be on a small island called Bimini, which lay north of Cuba. In fact, Ponce de Leon probably wasn't even searching for the fountain when he went on his expedition to Florida! Most likely, he went to Florida to collect gold and many different resources for Spain. Not to mention, no document talks about a fountain, not even Ponce's letters! In the end, it is thought that Spanish writers might have written up the story to make him look easily persuaded. So the final outcome, is that probably neither the exploration or the fountain really existed.