Half a millennium ago, in 1513, the spanish explorer juan ponce de león departed puerto rico for the verdant island of “bimini”—an uncharted land in what is now the bahamas he eventually landed instead in florida, where he staked a claim for the spanish crown and ensured himself a spot in the annals of history. The spanish conqueror and explorer juan ponce de león (1460-1521) conquered the island of puerto rico and explored the coastline of florida, which he claimed for the spanish crown juan ponce de león was born in san servas although of noble lineage, he was penniless and like so many destitute bluebloods. Occupation: explorer born: c 1474 in santervas de campos, castile (spain) died: july 1521 in havana, cuba best known for: exploring florida and searching for the fountain of youth biography: early life juan ponce de leon was born in the spanish kingdom of castile around the year 1474 while still a young boy,. This quest has certainly overshadowed ponce de león's other accomplishments, though some have argued that the spanish conquistador had never searched for juan ponce de león is generally believed to have been born in 1460 to a poor but noble family in san tervás de campos in the province of valladolid, spain.
Juan ponce de león, (born 1460, santervás de campos, valladolid, león [ spain]—died 1521, havana, cuba), spanish explorer who founded the first european settlement on puerto rico and who is credited with being the first european to reach florida (1513) born into a noble family, ponce de león was a page in the. Juan ponce de leon was a spanish explorer born in 1474 in santervas de campos, castille his parents' identity is unknown but it is believed they were influential and noble people as a young man he was pedro nunez de guzman's squire, and then as a soldier who participated in spain's re-conquest in 1492 juan. His discoveries helped him to become a rich man and a brave conquistador on march 3, 1513, juan ponce de leon sailed from the island of puerto rico with three ships after asking king ferdinand of spain permission to conquer and settle the island of bimini, ponce de leon set sail on a quest for a mythical fountain of. Juan ponce de león (1474-1521) was a spanish conquistador and explorer he was active in the caribbean in the early part of the 16th century his name is usually associated with the exploration of puerto rico and florida by popular legend, he explored florida to search for the legendary fountain of.
Juan ponce de león was a mariner and explorer of the 16th century who conquered puerto rico and claimed florida in the name of spain although little is known about his early career, ponce de león is said to have been on the second voyage of christopher columbus in 1493 ponce de león made another voyage to. Early life juan ponce de león was born in 1460 in santervás, spain he was an explorer and fighter from an early age and helped fight the muslims in southern spain in the early 1490s he was on board christopher columbus's second expedition to the americas in 1493 rather than returning to spain, the adventurer. Meet ponce de leon, a famous spanish solider and explorer who is not only credited with naming florida, but also built settlements on many.
Juan ponce de leon was an explorer and conquistador who had sailed with christopher columbus on his second voyage to the new world, and is credited with juan ponce de leon fact 2: not much is known of his early life, however it is known that juan ponce de leon fought for the spanish in granada, during the. Ponce de león library of congress prints & photographs, lc-usz62-3106 juan ponce de león was the first spanish explorer to set foot in the southeastern united states he was born ca 1460 into a noble family he spent some time in the royal court of spain before entering the military and gaining experience fighting. Born in spain in 1460, spanish conquistador juan ponce de león led a european expedition for gold, which eventually brought him to the southeast coast of what would become the united states he gave florida its name and went on to become the first governor of puerto rico.
Explorer age of discovery quick facts: he was a spanish explorer who became the first governor of puerto rico, the first european known to reach the mainland of present day united states, and he gave florida its name name: juan ponce de leon [hwahn] [pons duh lee-ohn (spanish) pawn-se de le-ohn] birth/death: c.
On april 2, 1513, spanish explorer juan ponce de leon landed on the southeastern coast of florida, claiming the territory for the spanish crown. Recorded with screencastify ( ), the screen video recorder for chrome. Juan ponce de leon (1474 - 1521) was a spanish explorer who is today best remembered for his discoveries in the north america he was one of the first european who entered gulf of mexico and a leader of a first expedition that set foot on the florida in addition to his exploration, he gathered considerable fame as a.