Juan Ponce de León

(c. 1460—1521) Spanish explorer

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(c. 1460–1521)

Spanish explorer. He accompanied Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493 and later became governor of Puerto Rico (1510–12). He landed on the coast of Florida in 1513, claiming the area for Spain and becoming its governor the following year.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — World History.

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