Hernando de Soto

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto

Profession: Spanish Explorer and Conquistador


Why Famous: 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.

Died: May 21, 1542
Cause of Death: Fever

Historical Events in the Life of Hernando de Soto

  • 1539-05-30 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida
  • 1539-06-03 Hernando De Soto claims Florida for Spain
  • 1540-06-03 Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so
  • 1541-03-18 Hernando de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)
  • 1541-05-08 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River