What country did Juan Ponce de Leon sail for?


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Juan Ponce de Leon sailed for Spain, starting his career as part of Christopher Columbus' second voyage to the New World. Later, the Spanish crown sent Ponce de Leon to govern the eastern half of Hispaniola and then to further explore the newly discovered Americas.

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While Ponce de Leon served with distinction as a colonial governor, he is most famous for his exploration of Puerto Rico and Florida. Rumors of gold sent him to Puerto Rico in 1508, and rumors of a fountain that restored all who drank from it to youth drew him to a Caribbean island known as Bimini and then later to Florida.

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