Juan Ponce De Leon

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Juan Ponce De Leon was born in Spain in 1460. He was born in a poor but noble family. He served as a page at the court of Aragon. He learned social skills, religious and military tactics there, which led him to become a soldier and fight against the Moors in Granada. He gained fame and fortune like other conquistadores. He employed what he learned in the military to subdue and control native peoples of the Caribbean. He was a Spanish explorer who went with Columbus on his second voyage. In the first 10 years of 1500 he built settlements in Hispaniola, which is now made up of the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, for a short time. There he heard of an island which made old people young again. It was called the “Fountain of Youth”
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