What Are Some Interesting Facts About Hernando De Soto?

Hernando De Soto was an explorer for the Spanish government, and he used to give his men food from his plate whenever they ran out. He traveled throughout Central America, Peru and what would become the United States of America where he was the first to discover the Mississippi River in 1541.

He first began his adventures when he was just a young lad at the tender age of fourteen. He also was able to conquer the Aztec Indians in Mexico, who were a powerful and advanced group of people. Interestingly, DeSoto did not want to kill any pigs to eat when on adventures, and forced his men to choose from other food sources. DeSoto died from a fever in 1542. As he died, DeSoto was picking a new general for his fleet.