Hernando Desoto

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Birthday
21, 1496
Birthplace
Spain
Death Date
May 21, 1542 (45)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
21, 1496
Birthplace
Spain
Death Date
May 21, 1542 (45)

About

16th-century Spanish conquistador who was the first documented person to cross the Mississippi River while searching for gold and silver.

Before Fame

He first sailed to America in 1514 with the governor of Panama.

Trivia

He explored North America looking for a passage to China and reserves of gold.

Family Life

His parents were hidalgos, a form of non-titled nobility. He married Isabel de Bobadilla in 1537.

Associated With

He asked Charles V for control of Guatemala, but was given governorship of Cuba instead.