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Ponce De Leon and the Discovery of Florida: The Man, the Myth, and the Truth Paperback – November, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 87 pages
  • Publisher: Pogo Pr (November 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1880654024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1880654026
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,725,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Echevarria on December 30, 2005
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Congratulations to Mr. Douglas Peck for finally setting the character of Juan Ponce-León straight regarding his discovery and exploration of the land he called La Florida. This is the kind of research that is needed to really understand the most probable route our early Spanish explorers followed when discovering and exploring the land that one day would be the United States. Thanks for clarifying the account about the fountain of youth and Saint Augustine. It is amazing how some people fantasize about a historical character in order to believe what they want to believe about him. It could be pretty but not exactly the truth or what should really be remembered about the character. By the way, the search for the "fountain of youth" did not seem to be the main objective of the voyage and does not seem that Ponce-León reached as far north as today's Saint Augustine. Juan Ponce-León was the first Spanish governor of Puerto Rico and as a puertorrican residing in Florida I always wanted to know what area of Florida Ponce-León really explored since his name shows up quite often in Florida. Again, thanks to Mr. Douglas Peck for setting the record straight. The way he retraces Ponce-León's exploration of the Florida coast is very convincing. This book is a wonder! I regret that we still do not know exactly the place of the first disembarkment nor the place of his failed colony. Both locations, I think, deserve historical markers. I understand Juan Ponce-León also did many things in the islands of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico but if you are looking for what he really did regarding Florida, this is the book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carl F. Andren on March 17, 2011
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Gets a little long winded on debunking the Fountain of Youth myth. I was mostly interested in the research and analysis of the landing site for Ponce. Peck was working mostly from a summary of Ponce's log as the real log is missing. By taking the dates, ded-reckoning, and navigation information in the summary, he has concluded that Ponce most likely landed on the Florida coastline at about 28 degrees North. At that time celestial navigation was not being used, so Peck took his own boat and tried his best to mimic the movement of Ponce's ships. Ponce tried to find an inlet, but was unsuccessful. After landing briefly, he headed south to try and circumnavigate the island he found. He did not mention passing a feature like Cape Canaveral, adding to the evidence that he did not land in St. Augustine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norman Scherer on May 13, 2015
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Just finished reading this and I just love the author's determination to seek the TRUTH. With his experience in sailing and the help he gets in the (what he describes as the ) sometimes "painful" transition to a historian we, the reader, are blessed with the best of both worlds in this book. He goes to the sources, evaluates their merit, and decides to reconstruct everything (including instrumentation, magnetic fields, compass compensations by the Seville mfgs. and good, well grounded interpretations of historical logs etc) and then like a good scientist, he TESTS his theories in the real world by trying to replicate what the explorers did....sailing! Amazing book, which I could not put down and I am annoyed his Columbus journey is "out of stock". We need more scientists and researchers like Mr. Peck, Thank YOU!
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