Juan Ponce de Le
First Explorer of Florida and First Governor of Puerto Rico
While he is now primarily associated with the quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Le?n was not merely involved in this fruitless search. A powerful figure in the Caribbean, he became the first governor of Puerto Rico. He led the first European expedition to Florida and was responsible for giving the state its name. The title discusses Ponce de Le?n?s treatment of Native Americans and the issues with crediting him with the ?discovery? of Florida despite the Native Americans already living there and the possibility of earlier visits by Spanish slave-taking expeditions.