History 10/English 10
October 2, 2009
Was the Fountain Really Full of Youth?
Ponce de Leon was an explorer of the 1400-1500’s. Being an explorer meant that he was someone who traveled to unknown regions, rather it be upon request or for one mans solemn need for adventure. Ponce de Leon was sent by request to find the Fountain of Youth. Most explorers traveled to discover gold and spread religion, while others explored just for the glory. Ponce de Leon was only one of the many explorers of this time period. There was also Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, Columbus, and Sir Francis Drake. Even though he became a great explorer, Ponce de Leon had originally sought fame and fortune as a soldier (Dolan, 2000). In the next few paragraphs it’s up to you to decide whether or not Ponce de Leon makes the cut for a great explorer.
There isn’t an exact date but Ponce de Leon was born around 1460 in San Servas, Spain (2009). Although they were poor, Ponce de Leon was born into a noble family. Both his parents died when he was a young boy, he had no siblings, and he was raised by an aging relative. Later, he was a household page for a Spanish knight named Pedro Nunez de Guzman, who was also a friend of the royal family (2003). While working with Pedro he gained much education in fighting skills, manners, and religion (Dolan, 2000).
While working with Pedro Nunez de Guzman, Ponce de Leon soon became a trusted squire and soon after a professional soldier. A few years later he was selected to accompany Christopher Columbus on his second journey to the new world in 1493, thus starting Ponce de Leon’s first exploration (2003). He helped Columbus colonize the new land Hispaniola (modern day Dominican Republic) by forcing the Indians into slavery. He took time off in Hispaniola establishing farms, helping create buildings to use for defense, and working to set up an economy. He also was married and had four...