Juan Ponce de León

The Explorer of Florida and South America

Early life

Juan Ponce de Leon was born in to a Spanish noble family. At the age of 7 Juan became a paige for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Juan Ponce de León became a soldier, fighting in a notable campaign against the Moors in Granada before becoming an explorer.

Achievments

Theses are some of the places he discovered and more information about them.

Another place he discovered was the Yucatan Peninsula and he sailed with Columbus in his second trip.

Impact on Today

Without Ponce de León we wouldn't have discovered the Gulf Stream that makes travel easy. Also Florida most likely wouldn't be named the same thing.

Interesting Facts

  1. Ponce de Leon had a dog named Bercerillo that traveled with around the world where ever he went.

  2. it was said that Bercerillo could smell if you were friendly or mean from one sniff though he went around the world Ponce de Leon was never married.

  3. Even though he went around the world Ponce de Leon was never married.

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