Hernando de Soto (Soto Hernando de)( Spanish conquistador.)
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Born in Jerez, he studied at the University of Salamanca. At the age of 19, went to Panama, where he became a protцLgцL of Governor Pedro Arias Dц¦vila. In 1530, Soto participated in the campaign against Francisco Pizarro and the Incas was the first European, who met with the supreme ruler of the Inca Atahualpa.
In 1536 Soto returned to his homeland. In Spain, the conquistador greeted as a hero, and he married Isabel de Bobadilla, daughter Dц¦vila. In 1537 King Charles I of Spain appointed Soto Governor of Cuba and instructed him to conquer the territory, which included modern Texas, Florida Peninsula and the land to the north of it. November 6, 1538 Soto went to Cuba, and then landed in Florida May 30, 1539.
Soto intended to organize a large expedition to explore North America. Report on this trip was made his secretary Rodrigo Randel, a member of the expedition of Luis Hernandez de Bedma and the unknown author - a certain Mr Elvasom. Based on their records, you can get a rough idea of the route of the expedition into the interior of the continent. Soto proceeded along the north-west coast of Florida from the Tampa Bay area to Tallahassee, and then turned north-east to r.Savanne. I went up to her valley to the mountains of Blue Ridge, crossed it, reached r.Alabamy, descended on it to Mobile Bay, then flew to the north-west towards Memphis and May 8, 1541 went to r.Missisipi. Crossing the Mississippi, Soto headed west toward r.Arkanzas (above the confluence of her r.Kaneydian River), and then returned to the valley of the Mississippi.
Soto died in Louisiana, May 21, 1542.
The expedition had reached Mexico in September 1543. During the expedition Soto were first investigated the interior of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, the Mississippi, Texas and Oklahoma, and parts of Missouri and Louisiana.