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Ponce De Leon
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    (1460-July 1521)
    Birth name is Juan Ponce de León
    Fought against the Moors in southern Spain
    Sailed on the second voyage of Christopher Columbus (1493)
    First Governor of Puerto Rico (1508-1511)
    First known European to visit Florida (1513)
    Claimed Florida for Spain (April 2, 1513)
    Killed by a tribe of Calusa natives (1521)
    He enslaved thousands of Native Americans under Spanish rule.
    He slaughtered the peaceful Tainos natives who lived in Puerto Rico.
    He was so brutal as governor of the Puerto Rican settlement that the Spanish removed him from office (1511).
    He came across Florida while searching for the fictional Fountain of Youth.
    His attempts to establish a permanent settlement in Florida failed miserably.
    He discovered the Gulf Stream.
    He saw his voyages to the Americas as 'spiritual' journeys.
    He gave Florida its name, calling it 'Pascua de Florida' (Feast of Flowers).
    He was mortally wounded by a poison arrow during a skirmish with an angry tribe (July 1521).

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