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S: Hernando De Soto

FC: Hernando De Soto

1: Hernando De Soto was born in 1496 in Badajoz or Barcarrota in Spain. He was a Spanish explorer and a conquistador. He was the first to lead a European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States. He was the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi River. His purpose was to look for gold and find a way to China. He was sponsored by the prestigious Order of Santiago.

2: The main course of de Soto's expedition is subject to discussions and controversy among historians and local politicians. The most widely used version of De Soto's Trail comes from a study commissioned by the Congress of the United States. A committee chaired by the anthropologist John R. Swanton.

3: Hernando headed north into the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he spent a month resting the horses while his men searched for gold. De Soto then entered Tennessee and Northern Georgia, where he spent another month before turning south toward the Gulf of Mexico to meet two ships bearing fresh supplies from Havana.

4: Along the way, along a river in southern Alabama, de Soto was led into Mauvila (or Mabila), a fortified city. The Mobilian tribe, under Chief Tuskaloosa, ambushed de Soto's army. Other sources suggest de Soto's men were attacked after attempting to force their way into a cabin occupied by Tuskaloosa. The expedition went as far inward as the Caddo River, where they clashed with a militant Native American tribe called the Tula, whom the Spaniards considered to be the most skilled and dangerous warriors they had encountered. Hernando de Soto died of a semitropical fever on May 21, 1542.

5: De Soto's expedition had explored Florida for three years without finding the expected treasures or a hospitable site for colonization efforts. They had lost nearly half their men,including Hernando, | most of the horses had been killed, they were wearing animal skins for clothes and many were injured and in poor health. The leaders came to a consensus to abort the expedition and try to find a way home, either down the Mississippi River, or overland across Texas to the Spanish colony of Mexico City.

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