The Fountain of Youth
The Fountain of Youth is said to be a legendary srping that restores the youth of anyone that drinks it's water. There are many legends to the Fountain of Youth, mainly which mention Juan Ponce de Leon. Natives in Latin America told the Spanish of a place called Bimini. Bimini was said to be in the north. It contained a river, spring, or fountain that could replenish one's youth. The idlanders that have tried to find Bimini describe it to be in the Bahamas. As described to the Spanish, Bimini was also rumored to have contained riches. This was proven when people that went to search for Bimini never returned. It has been noted that their are earlier forms of this legend. Something similar to the Fountain of Youth appeared in the Alexander Romance, Travels of Sir John Mandeville and writing related to Prester John before the New World came. Sadly, earlier versions from the natives are not known outside of the part the Spanish were able to preserve. The city where Juan Ponce de Leon first landed, St. Augustine, is now where the Fountain of Youth National Archaeological Park is located. An American magician by the name of David Copperfield claims that he has found the true "Fountain of Youth". He used $50 million to buy four small islands in the Bahamas. He told Reuters in a telephone interview that if you take anything dead or close to dying and put it in the water that they will become alive again. At the age of 50, he hired scientists to test the "legendary" water and since then the areas containing the water have been off limits to visitors. The Fountain of Youth has also been featured in many pieces of writings, movies, and shows.
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