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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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Hernando De Soto


why is de soto famous
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
Hernando De Soto(1536 to 1537)

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.

european explorer ships
European Explorer Ships

These ships were used by Spanish Explorers.

what else did de soto do
What else did De Soto Do?

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!

Francisco Pizarro

Hernando De Soto

Pizarro and De Soto conquering the Incan Empire

de soto 1539
De Soto (1539)

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.

what happened to hernando de soto
What happened to Hernando De Soto?

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.

drawings made by european explorers
Drawings made by European Explorers

The glass window in a New World Church - 1580

New World Maps Were Made

and Shared in Europe.

Native American Village

color plates of the new world from theodore de bry
Color Plates of the New World from Theodore de Bry

Native American Slaves working for Spaniards.

Spanish Conquistadors

hernando de soto review
Hernando De Soto Review

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 ?

Answer: Cuba

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