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He was born in San Tervas de Campos Spain in 1474 There is no record of his birth parents names or of his preteeen years In his younger years he served as a squire and earned the nickname poor knight From that day on he trained himself in the arts of war and survival to prepare himself for future of daring and unimaginable adventures to the unknown In 1493 he joined Columbus on his 2nd voyage to the Americas After that he settled on a Caribbean island named Hispaniola to improve his fortunes and start a warlike life At that time on Hispaniola he became a military commander and a deputy governor In 1506 he discovered a close-by island named Borinquin which was later renamed Puerto Rico He became that islands governor two years later Still wanting more wealth power and glory Ponce de Leon begged and persuaded the king to grant him men and ships to search for the infamous fountain of youth In his unwise quest he became the European discoverer of Florida which he named Pascua de Florida feast of flowers after a Spanish Easter holiday he landed here on Easter Sunday He explored the state between 1513 and 1521 Discovering Florida is what he is most famous for People were overwhelmed to hear about his death in his last battle he fought in which was with Calusa Indians in Florida He died not in the battle for he was a great warrior raised to survive all odds although he was wounded severely which is the reason he died Although he never found the fountain of youth his grand voyage over to the Americas left us history and countless stories of his adventures
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