Hernando De Soto. (1500?-1542). Why is De Soto Famous?. Hernando De Soto (1500?-1542) was a Spanish explorer who sailed the Atlantic Ocean and was the first European to explore Florida and the southeastern US. Hernando De Soto (1536 to 1537).
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De Soto returned to Spain in 1536, was granted the rights to conquer Florida and was named governor of Cuba in 1537.
This is an early 1500’s map of Florida and Cuba.
De Soto brought Spaniards, dogs and horses with him.
These ships were used by Spanish Explorers.
The Spanish Conquistador,Francisco Pizarro, hired de Soto to go on an expedition to Peru (1531-1532). During this expedition they met and killed Atahualpa, the ruler of the Incas, and conquered the Incan empire.De Soto became extremely rich!
Hernando De Soto
Pizarro and De Soto conquering the Incan Empire
In May 1539, de Soto and his expedition of 570 men and women arrived near present-day Tampa. His exact route is unknown, but his party became the first Europeans to penetrate the Southeast during a remarkable trek through what is now Florida, central Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. They were looking for gold and silver.
In the spring of 1541, De Soto traveled due north through Kentucky and Indiana: his scouts went as far as Chicago. Finding no gold or silver, De Soto retreated southwestward through Illinois, Missouri then into Arkansas for winter. On May 21, 1542, he died at Lake Village, Arkansas. His body was placed in the Mississippi River. His army fled to Mexico.
The glass window in a New World Church - 1580
New World Maps Were Made
and Shared in Europe.
Native American Village
Native American Slaves working for Spaniards.
Question: What is De Soto famous for?
Answer: He was the first European to explore Florida and SE U.S.
Question: De Soto was governor of ?
Question: What did Pizarro and De Soto do in Peru that made them extremely wealthy?
Answer: They conquerored the Incan Empire.
Question: After De Soto became governor, he took a group of Spaniards on an expedition through the SE U.S. What were they looking for?
Answer: gold and silver