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Hernando de Soto : a savage quest in the Americas

Author: David Ewing Duncan
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A sweeping, epic biography about a man and his times, Hernando de Soto begins shortly after Columbus's first voyage to the Americas. Born around 1500, Soto left home at fourteen for Central America, where he rose through the ranks of the conquistadors to become a feared and effective captain, slave trader, and political operative. In 1531, he joined forces with Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of the Incas, leading  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Duncan, David Ewing.
Hernando de Soto.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1995
(OCoLC)605217537
Online version:
Duncan, David Ewing.
Hernando de Soto.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©1995
(OCoLC)606055900
Named Person: Hernando de Soto; Hernando de Soto; Hernando de (Eroberer) Soto; Hernando de Soto; Hernando De Soto
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Ewing Duncan
ISBN: 0517582228 9780517582220
OCLC Number: 32704626
Description: xxxvii, 570 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Soto "discovers" the Mississippi --
1. Youth. Soto is born --
Across the ocean sea --
The scourge of God --
Balboa is dead --
The southern sea --
2. Consolidation. The invasion of Nicaragua --
War of the captains --
Lord of Tosta --
Conspirator --
Isla de la Puna --
Empire of the four quarters --
3. Fame. Cajamarca --
13,000 pounds of gold --
The dash south --
The navel of the world --
Lord of Cuzco --
Back to Spain --
4. Conquest. Armada --
Cuba bled dry --
Ocita --
The swamp of Cale --
Onward to Apalachee --
Anhaica --
5. Obsession. Idylls of Georgia --
The pearls of Cofitachequi --
Lost opportunities --
The empire of Coosa --
Tascalusa's fire --
6. Madness. Aftermath --
The wilderness --
Last chance --
March of death --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: David Ewing Duncan.
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A sweeping, epic biography about a man and his times, Hernando de Soto begins shortly after Columbus's first voyage to the Americas. Born around 1500, Soto left home at fourteen for Central America, where he rose through the ranks of the conquistadors to become a feared and effective captain, slave trader, and political operative. In 1531, he joined forces with Francisco Pizarro in the conquest of the Incas, leading the vanguard to Cuzco as Pizarro's second-in-command. Five years later, Soto returned to Spain with a thousand pounds of plundered treasure. In 1539, Hernando de Soto touched down in the country he called La Florida, leading a glittering, armored Renaissance-era army of 600 men on the first major exploration of North America. Obsessed with finding a second Inca empire, Soto instead encountered the Mississippians, a sophisticated culture of mound and city builders, warriors, artisans, and diplomats whose society collapsed after Soto's destructive march through their territory. Unable to find his golden country, Soto pushed his men deeper into a literal and psychological wilderness, ravaged by exhaustion, starvation, and incessant warfare with the Mississippians. He died claiming to be a god to the local Indians, and was secretly buried in the Mississippi River, which he is credited (wrongly) with discovering.

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