Juan Ponce de Leon Fact Sheet: Who was Juan Ponce de Leon? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Juan Ponce de Leon.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1474 - 1521 *** Full Name: Juan Ponce de Leon *** Occupation: Spanish Explorer and Conquistador *** Date of Birth: Juan Ponce de Leon was born in 1474 *** Place of Birth: Juan Ponce de Leon was born in Santervas de Campos in Castile *** Family background: It is said he is descended from an influential and distinguished family with ties to Rodrigo Ponce de Leon the Marquis of Cadiz *** Early life and childhood: Nothing has ever been recorded with regard to his early life or childhood *** Education: Juan Ponce de Leon would have received an education befitting his station ***
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 1: Juan Ponce de Leon was born in 1474 and during the 15th century period in history when which is described as the late middle ages to early Renaissance and early modern period.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 8: They made their return to Hispaniola in 1502 and Ovando had been appointed as governor and tasked with bringing order to the colony.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 9: Ovando saw this as an opportunity to overpower the native Tainos people and consequently authorized the Jaragua Massacre that took place in November of 1503.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 10: In 1504 Juan was sent to put down a rebellion that the Tainos people had started at a small garrison in Higuey on the eastern side of the island.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 15: De Leon would receive permission from Ovando to explore a local island rumored to have many riches. With a ship and fifty men they set out in July 1508 and anchored in the San Juan Bay and having surveyed the local area found a spot about two miles from the shore where he organized the building of a fortified house and a storehouse.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 16: He returned to Hispaniola a year later in search of supplies but with a healthy cargo of precious metal.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 17: In 1509 Ovando was replaced by Diego Colon who was a son of Christopher Columbus.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 18: King Ferdinand had become aware of rumors of further islands situation northwest of Hispaniola and encouraged him to explore the area without Colonís knowledge.
Juan Ponce de Leon Fact 21: His last voyage to Florida took place in 1521 with two ships consisting of two hundred men that included farmers, artisans and priests, domestic animals and fifty horses as well as farming equipment. Once they had reached landfall they were attacked by Calusa braves and de Leon was struck in the thigh with a poisoned arrow. The colonist gathered and set sail for Havana, Cuba where Juan Ponce de Leon died in July of 1521 aged forty seven years. His body laid to rest initially in Puerto Rico but later moved to the Cathedral of San Juan Bautista.
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