Hernando De Soto

by Caterina

Hernando De Soto

Hernando De Soto was born in 1496 in spain to a “noble” but poor family in Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain. De Soto found a generous patron named Pedro Arias Davila who “funded” de Soto's education at the “University of Salamanca.” De Soto’s parents wanted him to become a lawyer. De soto was more interested in exploring the world. When De soto was 14 years old he joined Perdalies Bedenis on his trip to the West Indies, and saw his fortune in the new world. De Soto made a fortune on his first expedition to the West Indies. In 1532 Francisco Pizarro made De soto second in command on his Hernando De Soto was born in 1496 in spain to a “noble” but poor family in Jerez de los Caballeros, Spain. De Soto found a generous patron named Pedro Arias Davila who “funded” de Soto's education at the “University of Salamanca.” De Soto’s parents wanted him to become a lawyer. De soto was more interested in exploring the world. When De soto was 14 years old he joined Perdalies Bedenis on his trip to the West Indies, and saw his fortune in the new world. De Soto made a fortune on his first expedition to the West Indies. In 1532 Francisco Pizarro made De soto second in command on his expedition to explore and conquer Peru. Peur is located in South America. When he returned from his expeditions he was fabulously wealthy. De soto had returned to Spain with a “massive” amount of gold and silver.



On May 8 De Soto discovered the Mississippi River. De Soto was the first European to cross it. After building flatboats de Soto and his 400 “ragged” troops crossed the river the at night in order to avoid the armed Native Americans. After De Soto and his men crossed the river De soto came to fever and died in Ferriday, Louisiana on May 21, 1542. De soto is remembered today as an explorer and the first European to cross the Mississippi river.