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1: Juan Ponce de Leon | Tomorrow I am to set sail in search for the fountain of youth. If I find it, when I find it, my name shall go down in history. The concept of eternal youth may seem strange to some but the fountain exists. And I will be the one to find this blessed land. We sail west to make way to Florida. In its lush green forests it is impossible to not believe that a fountain that can keep one eternally young does not exist there. What other magically captivating lands could bear to hold such power? The emotions I feel are of great joy, pride, and assurance. I know I shall make it. Though I will miss my family dearly, I shall miss my mother especially. As I grew, she nurtured me. We may have been a poor family, but we were a loving one. My family as seen my vessel, a beautiful, majestic rider of the seas. Sponsored by Spain, I shall bring along some two-hundred men consisting of priests, farmers, and artisans along with my crew and soldiers. Also, we are bringing fifty horses and other domestic animals and farming equipment. I have been accused of over stocking on some things. But rigorous sea voyages can be unpredictable. Who is to know what will be needed? I am not sure as to how long I will be gone. May god be with us and lead us safely to the haven of Florida, safely to the mystic Fountain. | 1521

2: I have been gone some many months, and my crew grows weary of traveling. When one is around the same people for so long with nowhere to go, one grows tired and agitated. i spoke with a soldier this past day and he made the comment, "I am near insanity, my friend. Sometimes I think of leaping from the rail to end this madness." He said this in good humor, of course. We shall soon be to Florida to continue the quest of finding the Fountain of Youth. Being trapped on a ship for so long with the smell of the horses rising up to the deck, along with the evident frustration and anger of being at see for so long a time is maddening. How these men can stand it is amazing to me. All whom I have inquired have agreed that the price we pay is worth the prize we shall find. Supplies are at an alright mark, we shan't need to ration any time soon. Seeing as how I have made this journey before, I was aware of about how much of the necessities we would require. | Day 68; 1521

3: I have | Juan Ponce de Leon | I cannot wait to find the blessed fountain and return home. I wonder how my family fares while I am away. A few of my horses have died and a few men as well Being around so many people and animals for so long, sickness is bound to claim some. I've had riveting conversation with some of the soldiers and crew men since the journeys start. They voyage has been tiring to me as it is to them. We all expected this, though. We will not be traveling much longer. I am being called to oversee a problem with one of the horses. I pray soon this madness will be over with and that no more problems arise.

4: It is a bright morning. We have landed on the pink sand beaches of Florida. The forests look promising and the colors of the vegetation are bright and vibrant. There are many natural resources to which Spain may wish to import and sell for profit, here in Florida. We landed a week ago and we were met by vengeful, hostile Indians. They attacked our party. Many men were shot by their arrows, including myself. Now the wound is bright red and swollen. I know I shall become sick from this. I wished only to find the fountain but now I feel I may pass on before we find what we sick on account of my injury. I look around our camp, a gathering of tents and fore pits, and see the faces of the once so hopeful men. We all hoped to find the island of Bimini and attain a passage to the fountain of youth. | July 1521

5: Let the journey begin | This is a quest for glory gone awry. I had much looked forward to going back to my home and sharing the joy of finding that which I seek. As our physicians tend to our injured, our strong men go out in search of the fountain. I have just received word that a soldier, injured by the Indians, has passed. It appears to be the same man I shared a laugh with on the ship. I must go and prepare the proper documents to send to Spain. May God be with us. | Juan Ponce de Leon

7: All about the journey


9: Travel is adventure | "To travel is to live." -Hans Christian Andersen

10: "Life is a journey not a destination." - RALPH WALDO EMERSON



14: Good times | Making memories | FRANCE | AUGUST | 2012

16: "To travel is to live." -Hans Christian Andersen

17: "A travel adventure has no substitute. It is the ultimate experience, your one big opportunity for flair." -Massow

18: BON VOYAGE | 8.29.12

21: Discovering new places.

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  • Title: Juan Ponce de Leon
  • A journal entry by Juan Ponce de Leon on the night before his last trip to Florida to find the Fountain of Youth.
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