Photograph:Hernando de Soto.

Photograph:Hernando de Soto.

Hernando de Soto - (c.1496/1497–1542) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi River

Hernando de Soto - (c.1496/1497–1542) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi River

Genealogy profile for Hernando de Soto y Arias de Tinoco

Genealogy profile for Hernando de Soto y Arias de Tinoco

Hernando de Soto, the Spanish conquistador who in 1540-42 traversed what became the southeast United States, encountered many different mound-builder peoples, perhaps descendants of the great Mississippian culture. The mound-building tradition was still alive in the southeast during the mid-sixteenth century. De Soto observed people living in fortified towns with lofty mounds and plazas, and surmised that many of the mounds served as foundations for priestly temples.

Hernando de Soto, the Spanish conquistador who in 1540-42 traversed what became the southeast United States, encountered many different mound-builder peoples, perhaps descendants of the great Mississippian culture. The mound-building tradition was still alive in the southeast during the mid-sixteenth century. De Soto observed people living in fortified towns with lofty mounds and plazas, and surmised that many of the mounds served as foundations for priestly temples.

The King site, located in the American state of Georgia, has some pretty serious evidence for the visit of the Spanish explorer Hernan de Soto in the mid-16th century.

Who were the Ancient Mississippians?

The King site, located in the American state of Georgia, has some pretty serious evidence for the visit of the Spanish explorer Hernan de Soto in the mid-16th century.

This painting appeared at the front of a featured article in an issue of National Geographic Magazine, published on November 3, 2011. It portrays the conquistadors of Hernando de Soto crossi…

This painting appeared at the front of a featured article in an issue of National Geographic Magazine, published on November 3, 2011. It portrays the conquistadors of Hernando de Soto crossi…

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