Hernando de Soto Fact File: Lifespan: 1496 - 1542 *** Full Name: Hernando de Soto *** Occupation: Spanish Explorer and Conquistador *** Date of Birth: Hernando de Soto was born on October 27th 1496 *** Place of Birth: Hernando de Soto was born in Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain *** Family background: There is no information regarding his family, his early life or childhood or what education he may have received ***.
Hernando de Soto Fact 1:
Hernando de Soto was born on October
27th 1496 and during the 15th
century period in history when
Portugal and Spain were exploring
the oceans of the world and
colonizing new lands.
Hernando de Soto Fact 6: He
was also called upon to lead an
expedition which would travel up the
coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in
search of a passage that would lead
between the Atlantic and Pacific
Oceans. This would enable trade with
richer world markets in the Orient.
Hernando de Soto Fact 8:
Having reached Peru Pizarro sent de
Soto to meet with the Inca Emperor
Atahualpa and invite him to a
meeting. The Spaniards then captured
Atahualpa and held him for ransom.
Hernando de Soto Fact 10: De Soto left Cajamarca as rumours began to circulate that a large Incan army was making its way to them to release their Emperor and he was sent to scout their location.
Hernando de Soto Fact 11:
In his absence, having found no
signs of an advancing army, the
Spanish decided to kill Atahualpa to
prevent his being rescued. The
remaining forces headed for Cuzco
and attacked the Incan Empire.
Hernando de Soto Fact 15:
The expedition continued northwards
into what is now Georgia and on
towards modern day South Carolina
and continue north into North
Carolina before entering Tennessee.
Eventually the returned to the South
heading for the Gulf of Mexico in
order to rendezvous with ships
carrying fresh supplies.
Hernando de Soto Fact 17: The decision was made not to meet the ships for fear news of their massively costly victory would reach Spain and they would be ridiculed. Instead they head towards Mississippi and settled in there for the winter.
Hernando de Soto Fact 18:
Having encountered further hostile
natives they managed to continue
their journey along the river. They
built boats and were able to cross
the river and travelled further West
through Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas
before wintering along the Arkansas
River. The winter had been harsh,
Ortiz had died leaving them without
means of communications with the
local native people and so finding
food supplies proved difficult.
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