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Hernando de Soto

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto

Profession: Spanish Explorer and Conquistador


Biography: Led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, and the first documented to have crossed the Mississippi River.

Birthplace: Barcarrota or Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain

Died: May 21, 1542
Cause of Death: Fever

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  • 1539-05-30 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto's expedition of 10 ships and 700 men lands in Florida
  • 1539-06-03 Spanish conquistador Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 1540-06-03 Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto crosses the Appalachian Mountains, 1st European to do so
  • 1541-05-08 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his expedition discover the Mississippi River