Discovers Ponce de León's expedition then headed south, but its boats were slowed by a heavy current. He encountered some rough currents at one point and named the area Cape Canaveral which means Cape of Currents. The Crown regretted the sweeping powers that had been granted to Columbus and his heirs and sought to establish more direct control in the New World. The Native Americans attacked with such ferocity and persistence that the settlement was abandoned. He was appointed by governor Nicolás de Ovando, to bring order to a colony which was in disarray. In early 1509, he returned to Hispaniola. He made some initial exploration of Florida spending no time searching for the Fountain of Youth and returned to Puerto Rico eight months later.
He also traveled the seas as a privateer, attacking ships belonging to the Moors. Ponce de León immediately organized an expedition to investigate. He will always be remembered as the brave conquistador who first explored many parts of Florida and searched for the mythical fountain of youth. He was born in Santervas de Campos, in present day Valladolid province of Spain, in 1474. In 1502 he was in the as a captain serving under , governor of. These appointments were made by Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus and were meant to override the authority of the governor. With him were 200 well-supplied men and 50 horses, all ready to dig in and form a new, thriving colony.
Afterward, Ponce de Le ón heard stories of 's c. Augustine on April 2, 1513. Arrival in the New World Once against the , there was no apparent need for his military services at home, so, like many of his contemporaries, Ponce de León looked abroad for his next opportunity. In this time, Ponce de León also found love. They also found that the natives were quite fierce.
He became a soldier, fighting against the Moors in Granada, and later sailed to with Christopher Columbus. The three ships in this small fleet were the Santiago, the San Cristobal and the Santa Maria de la Consolacion. De León was said to have searched for the Fountain of Youth, a mythical spring that was said to make anyone who drank its water young forever. After remaining in the area of their first landing for about five days, the ships turned south for further exploration of the coast. He later fought with the Spanish army against the Moors Muslims in southern Spain. Tradition holds that he had learned from Indians of an island called in the Bahamas on which there was a miraculous spring or fountain that could rejuvenate those who drank from it the Fountain of Youth.
After the season, he transferred once again, this time to the. Ponce de León and the Calusa Indians Continuing up the west coast of Florida, Ponce de León entered the Charlotte Harbor area. Ponce de León died without really knowing the importance of his discoveries. Juan Ponce de Le ón was born in San Servas, Spain. Part of his mission was to bring order to a badly deteriorating situation that had been developing on the islands under the deplorably incompetent management of Christopher Columbus. He tried to sail back to Bimini but could not find it. He was appointed as the governor of San Juan Bautista and was instructed to extend the settlement of the island.
He was removed from his position in 1511 once news of his brutal treatment of the Natives reached Spain. Some historians believe it occurred at or near ; others prefer a more southern landing at a small harbor now called ; but some also believe that Ponce came ashore even farther south near the present location of , a theory that has been criticized by some scholars in recent years. Instead, de León and his men landed on the Gulf coast of Florida, where they were met by hostile Indians who shot his men with arrows. At the time, the leaders of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella wanted all of Spain to become Christian. In addition to the post, Ovando also awarded him a substantial land grant along with sufficient Indian labor, to farm his new estate. Ponce de León returned to Puerto Rico where he was again involved in settling Native American rebellions. The Gulf Stream is probably his most important find since it is apowerful current in the Atlantic Ocean that would become a navalhighway for Spanish ships returning to Spain.
The New World After the war was over, Ponce de Leon was looking for his next adventure. He pitched only three innings as a freshman, and then transferred to for the 2012 season. Shortly thereafter Miruelo's ship was wrecked in a storm and Ponce de León rescued the stranded crew. In February 1521 the colonizing expedition landed on the Florida coast near Charlotte Harbor. Again, the exact site of their landfall is controversial.
He and his family settled on an island in the Caribbean named Hispaniola Dominican Republic. Born: 1474 in Santervás de Campos, Castile Died: July 1521 at age 47 in Havana, Cuba Nationality: Castilian, Spaniard Occupation: Explorer Famous For: Led expedition to Florida Juan Ponce de León was a conquistador and from Spain. Ponce de Leon with the in 2018 St. Though little is known about his family, he was of noble birth and served in the Spanish military from a young age. Soon after his discovery, he left the island. According to many historians, he discovered Florida while allegedly searching for the Fountain of Youth.
His tomb is in the cathedral in Old San Juan To find the fountain of youth, please his king and queen, for the fun of exploring, gold, etc. Around this time, Ponce de León married Leonora, an innkeeper's daughter. Ponce de León prospered in this new role. Mann, The Story of Ponce de León 1903 ; Frederick A. During that time he was injured and post-attack, he, along with the other colonists, planned to sail to Cuba and Havana, where he soon succumbed to a wound. Activities Take a ten question about this page. Ponce de Leon heard about an island called Bimini, which had a fountain that could make anyone who drank from it young and strong.