Juan Ponce De Leon and the Spanish Discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida

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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 16th 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 16th cen­tu­ry.

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