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Hernando De Soto

Picture of Hernando de Soto

Picture of Hernando De Soto

The following biography information provides basic facts about the life Hernando De Soto:

  • Nationality - Spanish
  • Lifespan - 1500 - 1542
  • Family - Second son of a Spanish hidalgo - a cross between a medieval knight and a country squire

  • Education - Educated to the age of 14 befitting the middle class status of his family
  • Career - Spanish Conquistador and Explorer
  • Famous as : the first European to explore Florida and South East America

Facts, Timeline & History about the life of Hernando De Soto - Spanish Conquistador and Explorer
The following are additional facts and a timeline about the life and history of Hernando De Soto:

  • 1500: Hernando De Soto was born at Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz, Spain
  • 1514: Hernando De Soto left home on a voyage to the Indies
  • 1519: Hernando De Soto joins another exploration of discovery to Panama in South America where he makes his mark as a Captain of the Horse
  • 1524: Hernando De Soto went on an expedition to Nicaragua, South America, with Francisco de Cordoba
  • 1525: De Soto engaged in the profitable slave trade in Nicaragua
  • 1530: Francisco Pizarro recruited de Soto for his famous expedition to Peru
  • 1531 January: Hernando De Soto sailed with Francisco Pizarro from the port of Panama with 3 ships and over 200 men
  • 1532 November 15: Pizarro reaches Cajamarca and captures Atahuallpa, the emperor of the Incas. Thousands of Incas were killed. The fabulous treasure of the Incas was stolen
  • 1535 6 January: Pizarro founded Lima, Peru which he called Ciudad de los Reyes meaning 'City of the Kings'
  • 1536: Hernando De Soto returned to Spain reporting to the King on the explorations of Pizarro. De Soto brought back his share of the Incas gold - he was a rich man
  • 1536: Hernando De Soto set up a household in Seville
  • 1537 De Soto married Ines de Bobadilla the youngest daughter of Pedrarias Davila (Davila had been instrumental in the downfall of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1519)
  • 1537: Hernando De Soto was named the titles of Adelantado of Florida and Governor of Cuba by Charles V and granted the rights to conquer Florida
  • 1537/38: Hernando De Soto gathered together 950 armed soldiers, priests and 10 ships
  • 1538 April 6: The Hernando De Soto expedition left Sanlucar, Spain for the Americas
  • 1538: The expedition landed at Santiago de Cuba
  • 1538/39 De Soto had been given the title Governor of Cuba, he spent some months in Cuba preparing for the voyage to Florida
  • 1539: May 30 Hernando De Soto arrived on the west coast of Florida with 1000 soldiers
  • 1538/42: Hernando De Soto spent four years exploring the area and searching for gold and silver. His contact with the native indians was always violent and brutal
  • 1542: Hernando De Soto died of a fever on May 21, 1542. He was buried on the banks of the Mississippi River
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