Hernando De Soto


Born in Spain


born in either Badajoz and Barcarrota. Both cities claim to be his birthplace, as he spent time during his childhood in both.

Sailed to New World


Led expedition up coast of Yucatan Peninsula


on this expedition he was searching for a passage between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean to enable trade with the Orient

Landed in Bradenton, Florida

May 1539

Landed with 9 ships, 620 men, 220 horses

First European to see Hot Springs, Arkansas.


Reached the Mississippi River

May 8, 1541

First European to cross the Mississippi River

died on the banks of Mississippi River

May 21, 1542

died from subtropical fever