The Spanish exploration of Florida

The adventures of the Spanish conquistadors.

Floridas first people

The natives of Florida usually stuck to the coast, because there were easy to catch fish and crabs. A village had about 25 houses that were small and circular. They were set about 75 feet from one-another. The natives built them out of wood, palm leaves, and straw.

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

The king of Spain had appointed him a treasure of a new exploration. As the kings representative, he would get his share of profit. Panfilo de Narvaez was the head of the forces that Alvar Nunez was on. For his leadership, the king gave Panfillo part of the new territory and much wealth. This adventure was doomed to fail however, since the leader was very incompetent. He brought little food and fresh water, which later lead to the 400 man crew to perish, except for 4 that made it back to Spain.

Hernando De Soto and his inland journey

De Soto first sailed to the new world when he was 17. He went with Fransisco Pizzaro to Peru and helped conquer the Inca empire. He went back to Europe wealthy at the age of 38, where he was ready to captain his own voyage. Since De Soto was so wealthy, people were eager to join his voyage. He had nine ships and an army of six-hundred men, And he sailed for Cuba in April 1538. After he landed in Florida (not where he wanted), there was a large group of hostile natives. The Spaniards fired muskets and cannons from their ships and repelled the Natives. But the group was decimated by arrows, making the king and queen thinking it might have been a waste.