Ponce de leon was born in Spain, in 1460. When he was a teenager
he joined the Spanish forces and defeated the moors.
He sailed with Columbus on his second voyage in 1493, but he didn't
come back to Spain, he stayed in Santo Domingo . He heard that there was gold in another place called Borinquen.
He took over the island. He sailed from Boninquen on March 3, 1513, with three ships and about 200 men. He
was headed for the island of Bimini to look for riches and the fountain of youth. He reached the east coast of Florida
in 1513 and claimed it for Spain. He decided to go south all the way to Cuba but he didn't find anything. He went back
He shipped out from Spain again in 1521 searching for Bimini
and the fountain of youth. He sailed with 200 men and landed on the west coast of Florida. This time he was attacked by natives
who wounded him. he later died that same year in Cuba.