The legend became particularly prominent in the 16th century, when it became attached to the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, first Governor of Puerto Rico. According to an apocryphal story that features a combination of New World and Eurasian elements, Ponce de León was searching for the Fountain of Youth when he traveled to what is now Florida in 1513. Since then, the fountain has been frequently associated with Florida.
Movie review: New 'Pirates' has fewer minutes, more Johnny Depp charm
By Chris Hewitt
Someone who's seen On Stranger Tides assures me it doesn't include Indians. In a sense this is good, since the Pirates movies have only stereotyped Indians. We don't need more cannibals trying to kill and eat the Europeans.
But in another sense it's bad. It removes the Indians and their cultures and histories from our sight. It furthers the notion that the Americas were uninhabited, ready for the Europeans to colonize.
Even worse, the only inhabitants of this pseudo-Caribbean are mermaids. So the fantasy land isn't inhabited by real people, but by fictional creatures. That makes it doubly problematical.
Fairy-tale lands don't have real issues. It doesn't matter if you invade them and destroy their inhabitants. Who's gonna shed a tear for dragons, elves, trolls, mermaids...or Indians?
For more on Pirates of the Caribbean, see Johnny Depp's Track Record and Pelegostos in Pirates.