Ponce de Leon: Exploring Florida and Puerto Rico (In the Footsteps of Explorers)





This book is suit­able for ages 8–14. Famous for his search for the leg­endary Foun­tain of Youth, Span­ish con­quis­ta­dor Ponce de Leon is cred­it­ed with the dis­cov­ery of Flori­da in 1513, as well as mak­ing Puer­to Rico and the Gulf Stream known to the Span­ish world. This sen­si­tive­ly writ­ten new book describes his encoun­ters with the Calusa, the native inhab­i­tants of Flori­da, and the Taino, natives of Puer­to Rico. Young read­ers will enjoy read­ing about life at sea and the hard­ships faced by his crew. A recipe from the peri­od is also includ­ed. The top­ics include: Ponce de Leon’s life, from a page, to a squire, to Gov­er­nor of a plan­ta­tion; his mil­i­tary suc­cess­es; his moti­va­tion for seek­ing to set­tle the New World; his dis­cov­er­ies of Flori­da and of The Tor­tu­gas; his plan­ta­tion Cas­sa­va, and its role in future trade routes; the rela­tion­ships he had with Native Amer­i­cans: aid from the Taino Indi­ans in farm­ing, and the repul­sion by the Calusa Natives from the Flori­da coast; life at sea for Ponce de Leon and his crew; a recipe for Cas­sa­va bread.
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