Current EventsBook ReviewsFun and GamesCulturesTeaching Resources

Juan Ponce De Leon and the Fountain of Youth

More of this Feature

• Part 2: The Fountain of Youth

On This Site

Juan Ponce De Leon Links
Other Explorers

Elsewhere on the Web

• Map of Early Spanish Exploration in Florida
Fountain of Youth Park
Bimini's Fountain of Youth

Part 1: The Early Years

One of the sailors who sailed with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World was a man named Juan Ponce De Leon. This voyage would change his life.

He decided to stay in Hispaniola when Columbus returned. Ponce became very popular and was named governor of neary Puerto Rico then called (Boriquien) in 1508.

While there, he heard many stories of a magical water source. People called it the "Fountain of Youth" and said that drinking its water kept you young. Ponce decided that he must find this water source.

For the next few years, he tried to find out where this "Fountain of Youth" was. He finally believed he knew where it was, and he asked permission from Spain's King Charles V to go in search of it. The king agreed, as long as Ponce agreed to pay for the ships and crew.

The young explorer did so readily, and they were off. It was March 1513. They sailed for Bimini.

They sailed for days but didn't see the island. On March 27, he came within sight of the Florida coast. On April 2, he landed at what he named St. Augustine. This was the first Spanish settlement on the mainland of North America.

Next page > The Fountain of Youth > Page 1, 2

Graphics courtesy of ArtToday

Water Fountains and Stress Release

Water fountains don't just add style to your home; they can also improve your mood. An indoor fountain releases ions that purify the air in your home. An outdoor fountain can purify the air in your backyard. Imagine the soothing sounds of running water washing away your stress. Now imagine a massage chair taking away your physical stress and a memory foam mattress eliminating joint stress at night. Stress is a big factor in daily life, but a few simple changes in your environment can alleviate your stress and improve your health.

Wall Fountain

If you're looking for a new way to spruce up your home decor, consider adding a wall fountain.  With its soothing sounds and relaxing effects, a water fountain can change the mood of any atmosphere.  Shop for the best selections of fountains online and ad the perfect choice for new home furnishings

Custom Search

Follow SocStudies4Kids on Twitter


on this site

Social Studies
for Kids
copyright 2002-2014,
David White

Sites for Teachers