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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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