On This Day

What Happened in May 1542

Historical Events

  • May 6 Francis Xavier reaches Old Goa, then capital of Portuguese India

Famous Deaths


Person of interestHernando de Soto

May 21 Hernando de Soto, Spanish conquistador and 1st European to discover the Mississippi River, dies while searching for gold, near the Mississippi River at about 46

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto