Juan Ponce de León was an important figure in the history of the Spanish colonization of what are today Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the southeastern United States. While many people are familiar with
Juan Ponce de León was an important figure in the history of the Spanish colonization of what are today Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the southeastern United States. While many people are familiar with the name Ponce de León, only a handful know the historical truth of what Ponce did -- and did not -- do! Juan Ponce de León and the Spanish Discovery of Puerto Rico and Florida is the most extensive biography to date of this important but mis-represented figure in the early colonial history of America. Written by one of America's foremost experts on 15th and 16th century exploration and discovery, this book dispels the myths about Ponce de León and credits him with discoveries for which he previously has not been credited. The author assembles the most extensive collection ever of facts, reasoned inference, translations of critical documents, original maps, historical illustrations, and photographs bearing upon the life and legacy of this important figure. Ponce de León's life and legacy are examined in the context of Spain's ambitions in the New World during the 16th century.
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Deceased in 2004, Robert H. Fuson was a historical geographer who lived in Temple Terrace, Florida. He was one of America's foremost experts on 15th- and 16th-century exploration and discovery. He held degrees from Indiana University (AB), Florida State University (MA), and Louisiana State University (PhD), and is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. He has authored more than 140 publications, including ten books, among which are the classicFundamentals of Place-Name Geography (1966: 9th edition - 1999), Legendary Islands of the Ocean Sea (1995), and the award-winning The Log of Christopher Columbus (1997). He has frequently appeared on television and radio both in the United States and abroad, and has received numerous awards and other special recognition for his work.