Ponce de Le·ón (pŏns də lēən, lē-ōn, pōnthĕ thĕ lĕ-ōn, pōnsĕ), Juan 1460-1521.
Spanish explorer who sailed with Columbus on his second voyage (1493-1494) and who explored and named Florida (1513) while looking for the legendary Fountain of Youth.
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