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Juan Ponce de Leon Juan Ponce de Leon was born in 1460 in Tierra de Campos Paleia in Leon Spain He came from a noble family and entered the royal household as a page for Pedro Nunez de Guzman at the Court of Aragon Later young Ponce de Leon would become a solider for Spain and fight in the battles to drive the Moors from Granada In 1493 Leon sailed with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to America He was a member of the forces that enslaved the Indians in Hispaniola This was the European and Spanish way Few explores would look upon the natives they encountered as anything more than talking animals For the year of 1502 he was a captain under the governor of Hispaniola Nicolas de Ovando During his time as captain he would suppress an Indian uprising For this he was rewarded with the governorship of Higuey Ponce de Leon would remain in Hispaniola until 1503 In this year he would be intrigued by the tales of gold to be found in Borinquen known as the modern Puerto Rico He sailed to explore and settle the island He landed on August 12 1508 and soon conquered the island and was granted governorship of the island There he carved himself a large estate where he built a castle Ovanado was soon replaced with Diego Columbus as governor of Hispaniola And Columbus placed Juna Ceron as the new governor of Puerto Rico For two years Leon fought to keep his governorship but he was removed from the position He was advised by King Ferdinand to find new land The Indians of Hispaniola worked as slaves for the Europeans They would tell great stories of a place called Bimini It was a land filled with great riches Ponce de Leon heard a different story from an old Indian woman She added an interesting twist to her story In her tale she told him
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