Hernando De Soto Research Paper

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Part one Hernando (Fernando) de Soto was born in 1496, in Jerez de los Caballeros, in the Extremadura region of southwest Spain. He was the second son of Francisco Mendez de Soto and Leonor Arias Tinoco and liked adventure and exploration more than school. He was influenced by the achievements and adventures of Vasco Nunez de Balboa and Juan Ponce de Leon. He dreamed of getting rich at a young age. When he was 18, he left Jerez de los Caballeros to go to Seville. At Seville, he earned a fortune when he went on a trip with Pedro Arias de Davila in 1514. Because he was Pedro’s lieutenant, he was allowed to explore Central America in search of land and treasure. He explored present-day Costa Rica and Honduras. De Soto conquered Nicaragua in 1524. He was a leading citizen of the country, along with Hernan Ponce de Leon…show more content…
He was the first Spaniard to meet with the Inca leader Atahualpa. He gave many gifts to Hernando de Soto. Later, Pizarro captured Atahualpa. The Incas paid the Spaniards a room full of gold and silver for their leader, but they didn’t free him. During that time, Hernando de Soto became more friendly with him and taught him how to play chess. Pizarro killed Atahualpa while Hernando was on a scouting mission to prevent his rescue. There were rumors about an Incan army. This is why he was sent to scout. When he got back, he married Isabella de Bobadilla, who was one of the daughters of Pedro Arias. After that he left to find a new Peru with 620 men and 220 horses. He and his group found Juan Ortiz, who was a survivor of an earlier failed expedition. They landed in present day Florida. Then they collected pearls near a graveyard in Georgia. They went northwest and were the first person to see the Mississippi River. Then they went to the Arkansas River. He died because of a fever on the banks of the Arkansas River on May 21, 1542. He was buried in the Arkansas

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