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Juan Ponce de Leon

What is Juan Ponce de Leon famous for?


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Juan Ponce de Leon (1460-1521)

He was famous for his search for the fabled "Fountain of Youth" near Bimini and for his discovery of Florida (which he named for the Easter feast of flowers). He also discovered the Bahama Channel, which provided a shorter route between Cuba and Europe.