It boggles my mind that they were supposed to be Christians and planted crosses everywhere they went, but murdered and tortured as they followed their path through North America.
Hernando Desoto was granted the rights to conquer Florida and was named governor of Cuba in 1537.
De Soto arrived here on the west coast of Florida on May 30, 1539 with 10 ships carrying over 600 soldiers, priests, and explorers.
They spent four years searching for gold and silver, exploring the area, and brutally mistreating native societies, including the Cherokees, Seminoles, Creeks, Appalachians, and Choctaws.
excerpt from Enchanted Learning.
There are acres of beautiful wet lands and trails through the mangroves and along the Manatee river that leads into Tampa Bay, also called Spirit Bay because Desoto named it Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit).
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Floripedia for A History of Florida, DeSoto, Hernando