Juan Ponce de Leon

  • Jan 1, 1474


    Juan Ponce de Leon wass born in Santervás de Campos, Spain, in 1474.
  • Jan 1, 1490

    Sails The Seas As A Privateer

    Ponce de Leon sailed the seas as a privateer, attacking ships that belonged to the Moors.
  • Sep 25, 1493

    Travels To The Americas With Columbus

    On Columbus's second voyage, Ponce de Leon went with him and about 1500 other men on 16 ships from Cadiz, to explore the Americas.
  • Oct 1, 1493

    Juan Ponce de Leon Explores Hispanola

    Ponce de Leon explores Hispaniola (Jamaica) with Columbus and his men, and encounters the hostile Carib and Arawak native Indians.
  • Mar 1, 1494

    Juan Ponce de Leon Assists In Settling Haiti

    Ponce de Leon, alongside Columbus, establishes a Spanish settlement in Haiti and searches for gold.
  • Sep 29, 1494

    Columbus Returns To Spain, Leaving Ponce de Leon Behind

    Christopher Columbus returns to Spain but Juan Ponce de Leon stays in Santo Domingo (now called the Dominican Republic).
  • Jan 1, 1502

    Juan Ponce de Leon is made governor of eastern Hispanola

    In 1502 Poncede Leon was rewarded by Nicolás de Ovando, governor of Hispaniola, for suppressing an Indian mutiny, Ponce de León was named to be the governor of eastern Hispaniola.
  • Jan 1, 1508

    Ponce de Leon Settled Caparra

    Ponce de Leon founded the first settlement in Puerto Rico, Caparra (later relocated to San Juan). He did this using only a few troops and one greyhound that was used to scared the natives.
  • Feb 23, 1512

    Ponce de Leon Is Allowed To Pepople Bimini

    Charles V grants Juan Ponce de Leon a patent authorizing him to people the Island of Bimini (in the Bahamas).
  • Mar 3, 1513

    Ponce de Lweon Leaves Puerto Rico

    Ponce sets out from (Puerto Rico) with three ships, paid for himself.
  • Mar 14, 1513

    Pone de Leon Reaches San Salvador

    Ponce de Leon reaches Guanahani, San Salvador, where Christopher Columbus first sighted land.
  • Mar 27, 1513

    Ponce de Leon Gets Near Florida

    Juan Ponce de Leon comes within sight of the east coast of Florida.
  • Apr 2, 1513

    Jaun Ponce de Leon Claimed Florida

    Juan Ponce de Leon took possession of the land he found, which he named "Pascua de Florida", or "Feast of Flowers", because they spotted land on Palm Sunday.
  • May 1, 1513

    Ponce de Leon Searches For The Fountain Of Youth

    Ponce de Leon scoures the "island" of Florida in search of The Fountain of Youth.
  • May 1, 1513

    Ponce de Leon sets off to search for the Fountain of Youth

    Juan Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Florida for years, but never discovered it. Some believe that it doesn't exist, and that's why he never found it. Others believe he was searching for gold instead.
  • Aug 1, 1513

    Juan Ponce de Leon returnes to Puerto Rico

    Juan Ponce de Leon returned to Puerto Rico, returning to land that he had earlier claimed.
  • Sep 27, 1514

    Ponce de Leon Is Granted Permission To Settle Florida

    From a friend of his, Pedro Nunez de Guzman, he secured a second grant giving him power to settle the Island of Florida (at this point in time Florida was thought to be just an island).
  • Jan 1, 1521

    Ponce de Leon Heads To Florida To Settle Its Land

    Juan Ponce de Leon set out with two ships from Puerto Rico, ready to colonize Florida.
  • Feb 17, 1521

    Ponce de Leon Is Attacked

    While building houses Ponce de Leon and his party were attacked by a tribe of the Calusa (on Pine Island). He was hit by a poisoned arrow, and was gravely injured.
  • Feb 18, 1521

    Ponce de Leon Dies In Cuba

    Juan Ponce de Leon returned to Havana, Cuba, where he died of his wounds.