During the Middle Ages, some Europeans even believed in the mythical king Prester John, whose kingdom allegedly contained a fountain of youth and a river of gold.
Smith, a history professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Spanish sources asserted that the Taino Indians of the Caribbean also spoke of a magic fountain and rejuvenating river that existed somewhere kooking of Cuba.
Nowhere in either this contract or a follow-up contract was the Fountain of Youth mentioned. By contrast, specific instructions were given for subjugating the Indians and divvying up any gold found.
But other experts dispute this. Along the way he purportedly discovered the Gulf Stream, which proved to be the fastest route for sailing back to Europe.
Once again, the explorer made no mention of the Fountain of Youth, focusing instead on his desire to settle the land, spread Christianity and discover whether Florida was an island or peninsula. No log of either voyage has survived, and no archaeological footprint has ever been uncovered.
The Fountain of Youth legend was now alive and well. It did not gain much traction Poncce the United States, however, until the Spanish ceded Florida in Augustine, and a nearby tourist attraction pretended to be the actual Fountain of Youth.
To this day, tens of thousands of visitors come every year to sample the sulfur-smelling well water. In celebration of the th anniversary of his landing, reenactments took place in St.
Augustine and Melbourne Beach, Florida, both of which claim to be the site where he first dropped anchor. There was also a Catholic mass in St.
Augustine featuring a replica of the 15th-century font used to baptize him in Spain and a mass in Melbourne Beach, along with the unveiling of more statues and a commemorative stamp.
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