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

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McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 268 pages
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Juan Ponce de Leon 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 Leon, 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 106th century exploration and discovery, this book dispels the myths about Ponce de Leon 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 106th century.

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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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Esta es la historia de un hombre que le dio nombre a muchos lugares en Puerto Rico: Desde un municipio hasta el más humilde de los kioskos; todos quieren tener un poco de este prócer cuya grán virtud fue estar en el lugar preciso en el momento adecuado, y tener una visión clara del potencial de la isla. Seguro que si Ponce hubiese vivido varios cientos de años, hubiera logrado mucho más de la tierra, pero una vez muertos los próceres, es muy difícil continuar con sus obras. 


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Robert H Fuson, a historical geographer now living in Temple Terrace, Florida, is one of America's foremost experts on 15th- and 106th-century exploration and discovery. He holds degrees from Indiana University (AB), Florida State University (MA), and Louisiana State University (PhD), and is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. He has authored over 140 publications. He has frequently appeared on television and radio both in the United States and abroad, and has received numerous awards and other special recognition for his work.

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