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Hernando de Soto, a Spanish explorer, is noted as the first European explorer to reach the Mississippi River. de Soto, along with 400 of his troops, discovered the river on May 8, 1541, according to the History Channel's... More »

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The territory that comprises modern Mississippi was first visited by Europeans in 1540. Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto passed through the region on his way to discovering the river of the same name. The French were th... More »

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The Lower Mississippi River Cruise, the Big Bang Swing Cruise and the Civil War Cruise are some of the river cruises in Mississippi, as of 2015. Starting at New Orleans or Memphis, these cruises travel along the part of ... More »

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Hernando de Soto discovered the Mississippi River, in 1541. De Soto was the first explorer to voyage into the interior land of North America. More »

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The Mississippi River begins in Lake Itasca in Minnesota, flows through the middle of the continental United States and finally ends in the Gulf of Mexico. At 2,350 miles long, it is the third-longest river in North Amer... More »

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The Mississippi River runs down the mideastern United States, spanning from northern Minnesota, down to the Gulf of Mexico. It passes through several states, including Mississippi, Illinois, Louisiana, Kentucky, Tennesse... More »

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The Mississippi River ranges in width from 20 to 30 feet at Lake Itasca to 11 miles at Lake Winnibigoshish, both in Minnesota. The widest navigational section of the river is two miles, at Lake Pepin, also in the "Land o... More »

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