Ponce de Leon
By Ms. Levine
First European to Set Foot in Florida
Juan Ponce De Leon was the first European to set foot on the peninsula of Florida. In 1493, Ponce De Leon sailed from Spain to the New World as a crew member on one of Christopher Columbus’ ships. Rather than returning with Columbus, Ponce De Leon chose to remain behind in Santo Domingo. Here he was made the governor of a small province known as Higuey.