Ponce De Leon: The Life Of Juan Ponce De Leon

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"Ponce de Leon" By: Josh Rice 10/27/14 Juan Ponce de Leon was born in a Spanish village called Santervás de Campos in the year 1460. Historians don 't know a lot about his past, but they can place his heritage back to a very wealthy and noble family. When Ponce was young, he served as a squire to Pedro Núñez de Guzmán, who used to be a noble knight commander of the Order of Calatrava. Pedro taught Ponce the important qualities of religion, fighting skills, and other manners used in daily life. He was like a father and a best friend to Ponce de Leon. Just like Pedro, Ponce became a very religious man. In time Leon became very strong in the religion of Roman Catholicism. (https://sites.google.com/site/juanponcedeleonatrueexplorer/gallery, Childhood) In his young years he also became an experienced swordsman, which came in handy for his future years when he became apart of the Spanish campaigns that defeated many Muslim groups. (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Ponce_de_León, Juan Ponce de Leon) In the early 1490 's Ponce tagged along on Christopher Columbus ' second expedition to the New World. Ponce was 1 of 200 colonists who joined Columbus. The trip was long and weary. Several explorers died along with others getting diseases. After the explorers reached the Caribbean in 1493, they soon met their desired destination which is known today as Puerto Rico. In time the Spanish crown appointed Ponce de Leon to become the first governor of his new found

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