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It is a short walk to the Fontain of Youth from this point.
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Close-up of the water wheel in the previous picture.
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The Spanish heard rumors (true) of Indians who lived to be about twice the age of Europeans and who were about a foot on average taller. Europeans in the 16th century had an average lifespan below 40 years of age and were only 5 feet or less tall. The Indians lived to be about 80 years old and were about 6 feet tall. For that reason, Ponce de Leon thought it was the water.
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The water had a strong mineral taste.
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Peacocks lived at the site of the Fountain of Youth.
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A white peacock.
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Lots of peacocks!
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Grandma Bert poses at the site. The actual fountain of lore was near here.
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Early Spanish water urns.
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Saturiwa.
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View toward the site of Ponce de Leon's landing.
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Grandpa poses for Grandma at the Fountain of Youth archaeological site. The site is private property and is not owned by the U.S., Florida or St. Augustine governments.
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Statue of Juan Ponce de Leon at the Fountain of Youth archaeological site.
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Boat being built in the old style.
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Waiting to fire the cannon.
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A replica of a 16th century cannon. It was fired a few moments after this photo was taken.
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Firing the cannon. There were only a few ounces of powder loaded, but it still was a deafening blast. Normally a couple pounds of powder would be used.
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Copper caldron.
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The discovery of Florida
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