Juan Ponce De Leon: First Explorer Of Florida And First Governor Of Puerto Rico

ISBN-10: 1477788182
ISBN-13: 9781477788189
Author: Niver, Heather Moore
Interest Level: 5-10
Publisher: Rosen Publishing

Publication Date: August 2016

Copyright: 2017

Page Count: 48

Series: Spotlight On Explorers And Colonization

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Interest Level

Grades 5-10

Reading Level

Guided Reading: Z
Lexile: 1110L

BISAC Subjects

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / History / Exploration & Discovery *

YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Historical *

While he is now primarily associated with the quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Leon was not merely involved in this fruitless search. A powerful figure in the Caribbean, he became the first governor of Puerto Rico. He led the first European expedition to Florida and was responsible for giving the state its name. The title discusses Ponce de Leon's treatment of Native Americans and the issues with crediting him with the "discovery" of Florida despite the Native Americans already living there and the possibility of earlier visits by Spanish slave-taking expeditions.
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