Facts about juan ponce de leon for kids

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Juan Ponce de Leon by Jane Sutcliffe

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Toggle navigation. His parents' identity is unknown but it is believed they were influential and noble people. As a young man he was Pedro Nunez de Guzman's squire, and then as a soldier who participated in Spain's re-conquest in Juan Ponce de Leon accompanied Christopher Columbus' second voyage to the New World in , where he soon became a frontier governor and was granted land and Indian slaves. At the persistence of the Spanish crown, Juan Ponce de Leon set out to discover new lands.

Early Life and Career of Juan Ponce de León

He gave Florida its name and went on to become the first governor of Puerto Rico. He served as a page at the court of Aragon, where he learned social skills, religion and military tactics. He eventually became a soldier and fought against the the Moors in Granada.

Juan Ponce de Leon was an explorer and conquistador who had sailed with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the new world, and is credited with being the first European to land in Florida. He was also responsible for setting up the first settlement on Puerto Rico. This page details facts about Juan Ponce de Leon's life and the events that shaped his history. As a reward for his success, Juan Ponce de Leon was made Provincial Governor of the eastern side of Hispaniola, which was known as Higuey. With this position he was granted a substantial amount of land with enough Indian slaves to farm it. In Juan Ponce de Leon founded the town of Salvaleon in Huguey, before turning his attention to Puerto Rico where he had heard that there was a lot of gold to be found. It was around this time that he married Leonora, with whom he had three daughters and a son.


  1. Rosana B. says:

    Juan Ponce De Leon was just one of the explorers the Spanish crown sent to look for gold.

  2. Babette B. says:

    Though little is known about his family, he was of noble birth and served in the Spanish military from a young age.

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