Arago: Exhibits

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Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon was born in Spain and traveled on Columbus' second voyage in 1493. While in Hispaniola, Ponce de Leon became a military commander of that area. He also heard many stories of large amounts of gold on a neighboring island. In 1506, Ponce de Leon traveled with an army to present day Puerto Rico and took control of it. His forces killed many of the island's natives.

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