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Hernando De Soto
Transcript of Hernando De Soto
at Jerez de los Caballeros in the
province of Estremadura, Spain. Hernando de Soto - Hernando de Soto's main goal was to conquer
Florida for Spain in which he was successful.
He fought for gold, glory, and God. Hernando also
wanted to find the Seven Cities of gold but he was
unsuccessful. What Did He Want to Find? De Soto became ill on May 21, 1542 from a fever and died. His death was a threat to the existence of the small army, since the Spaniards had told the hostile natives that De Soto was immortal; a major attack would be expected if the explorer’s body was discovered. De Soto’s remains were placed in a hollowed out tree trunk, fitted with weights and cast into the river. What Happened to Hernando? 1524 - De Soto joined an expedition to Nicaragua led
by Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba, taking
part in founding the city of Granada. De Soto
settled in Nicaragua and began to prosper,
partly by engaging in slave trade. Explorations - He died of a fever on May 21, 1542
and was buried on the banks of the
Mississippi river. Presented by: Kaitlan Spaethe-Peterson
Period One - University of Salamanca Background - Hernando de Soto was born to a noble but poor
family. He was the second son of Francisco Mendez
de Soto and Leonor Arias Tinoco. Education - A generous patron named Pedro Arias Davila funded
de Soto's education at the University of Salamanca,
but de Soto was more interested in exploring than school. First Voyage - At the age of 14 Hernando de Soto was invited to join Dávila,
governor of Darién, on his 1514 expedition to the West Indies.
An excellent horseman, de Soto was appointed captain of a
cavalry exploration troop. Setting out from Panama to Nicaragua
and later Honduras, de Soto quickly proved his worth as an
explorer and trader. 1530 - De Soto joined Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of
the Incas in Peru. De Soto was disgusted by the
needless slaughter, but willingly pocketed a fortune
1539 - De Soto led a force of 600 men to a site near present-
day Tampa to begin a search for gold and other
1540 - His force moved northward into the areas that would
become Georgia and the Carolinas, and then circled
into Tennessee and down to Alabama.
1541 - De Soto and his men crossed the Mississippi River, perhaps
near present-day Memphis, and were credited with being
the first Europeans to view that great body of water.
Pushing westward, De Soto and his men followed the
Arkansas River into the area that would become
Oklahoma. They were disappointed with their inability
to find treasure and turned back toward the Mississippi. Hernando de Soto's discoveries contributed greatly to european knowledge (geography, biology, and ethnology) of the new world. Sadly many native american's died in battle and the explorers spread disease. How did Hernando's Discoveries Affect the World and the Culture of the Land he Visited? Thank You For Watching