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Ponce de Leon


We in Florida have a niche in our history which Ponce de León shares with no one. It might be that other Europeans saw our shore before he did, but for us it was he who discovered Florida and certainly he gave us our name. We believe that our land is a fountain of youth, but we will always hope against odds that in the vast store of records of his period preserved in Spain some hint from Ponce may yet come to light that when he set out on his quest of new lands and gold, there was, too, in the back of his head, as was imputed, a hope that he might find and bathe in a certain fountain.