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Biography of Juan Ponce de León, including a description of the events in Spain and the Caribbean which may have shaped the his early life. Discusses relations between the Spaniards and the Indians of the West Indies, chiefly those found in Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Chapter XIV (p. 182-[198]) gives an account of Ponce de León's discovery of Florida in 1513. His return and death there in 1521 is given in Ch. XX (p. 269-[282]).

Table of Contents

The valiant exemplar -- Fighting the Moors -- Ponce de Leon in America -- A soldier in Hispaniola -- The rebellion in Higuey -- Capture of Cotubanama -- Juan Ponce, provincial governor -- Invasion of Porto Rico -- Subjugation of Boriquen -- War with Agueybana -- The island's aborigines -- The governor builds a castle -- The fount of perennial youth -- Florida and Bimini -- Becerrico the blood-hound -- Adelantado of Florida -- Seeking the man-eaters -- Encounters with cannibals -- Defeated by Caribs -- Juan Ponce's last campaign.


Includes bibliographical references and index.
Electronic reproduction. [Florida] : State University System of Florida, PALMM Project, 2004. (Florida heritage collection) Mode of access: World Wide Web. System requirements: Internet connectivity; Web browser software; Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print PDF files. Electronically digitized by the University of Central Florida from a book held in the Main Library at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.


Ponce de Le´on, Juan, 1460?-1521; Indians, Treatment of -- West Indies -- History; Indians of the West Indies -- First contact with Europeans; West Indies -- History -- 16th century; Florida -- Discovery and exploration -- Spanish; European Discovery and Settlement in Florida, 1492-1821 -- Explorers and Travelers, 1492-1700; Biography; Indians of North America; History; Military history; Race relations


New York, N.Y.


Harper & Brothers


287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 19 cm.



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Juan Ponce de Leon.



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