Burton Callicot http://wknofm.org en Hernando De Soto http://wknofm.org/post/hernando-de-soto <p>The famed Spanish explorer, Hernando De Soto, the first European to see the Mississippi River, died on May 21, 1542.</p><p>De Soto and his men had marched hundreds of miles through much of the Southeast. By the time of his death, De Soto had lost at least 1/3 of his men to disease, malnutrition, and constant warfare with the Native Americans.</p><p>After his death, the remaining Spaniards traveled down the Mississippi, made their way to Mexico, and then back home.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Steve Pike 31319 at http://wknofm.org Hernando De Soto