Juan Ponce de Leon was sponsored by the Spanish king. The Spanish crown sent Ponce de Leon on his expedition to search for gold on the island of Puerto Rico.Know More
Juan Ponce de Leon was born into a noble Spanish family. Due to his nobility and his ability to seek adventures, he accompanied Christopher Columbus on his second journey to the new world. During this time, he was able to suppress an Indian upheaval and was then named the governing factor of the east part of the new world. He unofficially explored the area two years before he was sent by the Spanish king.
When the king heard that there was gold to be found in the area around the Puerto Rican island, he commissioned Ponce de Leon to explore the area. He granted him a ship and a crew of 50 men that would enable him to explore the area and find gold. During this journey, Ponce de Leon and his men found a large amount of gold and returned to Spain. Since the trip was a success, the crown sent him back to the area to continue gold mining. He took his wife and children with him and would later discover the area that is now known as Florida.Learn more about Prehistory
In his 1540 expedition to investigate claims of golden cities, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado was sponsored by the viceroy of Mexico City, Antonio de Mendoza. This outside support was sought despite de Coronado's own family's great wealth since, being the younger son, he did not stand to inherit it.Full Answer >
The last of the mammoths survived in Alaska about 10,000 years ago. No definite reason has been attributed to the demise of the mammoths, though several factors, such as climate change, the arrival of humans and even meteorological events, are being studied and linked with the extinction of the large herbivorous mammals.Full Answer >
Neanderthals (also spelled "Neandertals") were shorter and more stocky than homo sapiens. Their faces were also much larger and wider, and they sported a wider nose. These adaptations made it easier for them to live in colder environments.Full Answer >
Homo sapiens first appear in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago. These early humans were opportunistic omnivores who consumed a variety of foods, including both plants and animals. Prior to this time, ancestral hominid species are thought to have consumed fruit, leaves, bark, insects, root vegetables and meat.Full Answer >