Juan Ponce de León and the Spanish discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida

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McDonald & Woodward Pub. Co., 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 268 pages
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Juan Ponce de León was an important figure in the history of the Spanish colonisation of what are today Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the south-eastern United States. While many people are familiar with the name Ponce de León, only a handful know the historical truth of what Ponce did -- and did not -- do! This is the most extensive biography to date of this important but misrepresented figure in the early colonial history of America. Written by one of America's foremost experts on 15th and 16th century exploration and discovery, this book dispels the myths about Ponce de León and credits him with discoveries for which he previously has not been credited. The author assembles the most extensive collection ever of facts, reasoned inference, translations of critical documents, original maps, historical illustrations, and photographs bearing upon the life and legacy of this important figure. Ponce's life and legacy are examined in the context of Spain's ambitions in the New World during the 16th century.

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Juan Ponce de LeÚ³on and the Spanish discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida

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Most fourth graders learn that Juan Ponce de Le"n was looking for the Fountain of Youth when he discovered Florida in 1513. Ponce de Le"n, a member of the Spanish upper class, sailed with Columbus on ... Read full review

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As a recent emigrant to the Caribbean this book was a great introduction to the history of Puerto Rico. Standing elevated in El Yunque and looking north to the beach. There is a vista hopefully we shared c JP de L. It is a view that has not changed much in 500 hundered years. Read full review



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