Ponce de Leon was sent by the Spanish crown to establish a settlement on the island of Trinidad in 1569. He founded the "town of the circumcision"

probably around modern Laventille. In 1570,

This settlement was abandoned possibly because of the raids of the Caribs which resulted in the death of de Leon's son. According to some historians, the Spanish conquistador and explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and the legendary fountain of youth have been linked to one another up to this day.

He was appointed governor of the Dominican province of. Higuey  

Juan ponce de Leon 

died in July 1621.

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