Ponce de León, Juan
- Paul E. Hoffman
Ponce de León, Juan (1474– July 1521), Spanish explorer and discoverer of Florida, was born at Tervás de San Campos, Valladolid Province, Spain, probably the son of Pedro Ponce de León and Leonor de Figueroa. Both were nobles. Nothing is known of his education; as a youth he was a page to Don Pedro Núñez de Guzmán, a courtier, and fought in the war to conquer Granada, probably in the late 1480s....