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While searching for the mythical fountain of youth, Juan Ponce de León founded the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico and discovered Florida.
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Ponce de Leon exemplified the driving sprit of his time and the yearn to discover the New World.
At the age of 51, Ponce received permission from King Ferdinand of Spain to mount an expedition to the islands north of Puerto Rico, hoping to find the Cities of Gold and the Fountain of Youth.
Ponce de Leon landed on what is now known as Florida. Thinking he had discovered a larger island, Ponce was unaware he had just landed on North America.
On November 3rd, 1493, Ponce de Leon had reached the New World. As a part of Christopher Columbus' second voyage, Ponce discovered not only a different land, but new type of warfare.
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Throughout the centuries, brave explorers have fearlessly traveled the globe and beyond to discover new lands, people, animal species, riches and glory. Ferdinand Magellan of Portugal proved the world is round with his mission to sail around the world. His fellow countryman Vasco da Gama commanded the first European ship around the southern tip of Africa to reach India by sea. Norseman Leif Eriksson is regarded as the first European to reach North America, nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus, who is credited with discovering the “New World” of the Americas. Juan Ponce de León scoured Puerto Rico and Florida in his quest for the fountain of youth. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark blazed new trails during their Corps of Discovery Expedition across the western half of the United States. Traveling to new heights of discovery were mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to reach the peak of Mount Everest, and U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first human to walk on the moon. These intrepid explorers and more have made an indelible mark on human history. See all Explorers.
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