Hernando de Soto and Indians

Hernando de Soto was one of the Spanish explorers who headed into the interior of North America rather than the more usual South. He started in Florida, moved along the Appalachinas before heading into the interior and discovering the Mississippi where he died. The picture shows an idealised version of the expedition with respectful Indians, materials for prospecting for gold, the latest in armaments and of course a crucifix representing successful proselytisation.

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by Stephen Luscombe