Juan Ponce de León was born in 1460 in Santeveras, Spain.
He was a solider before he was an explorer.
Juan Ponce de León did it because he was searching for gold, and to claim more land for his country.
The people who sponsered him were the Spanish Crown.
Juan Ponce de León went to the Americas in search of new land, and riches, he heard from a man in a village about the fountain of youth to make people eternaly young.