La Florida


The true story of the Fountain of Youth

Juan Ponce de León never searched for the Fountain of Youth

There is no link between Ponce de León's mission to La Florida and this myth in any of the agreements or in any written documents from his time. All of the references that link Ponce de León and the Fountain of Youth emerge years after his death.

Nevertheless, the story endures as the most powerful foundation myth in the United States. The legend of this miraculous spring is not only found within ancient chronicles and historical iconography; the story continues to be told in modern film, television, and literature.