Hernando de Soto Timeline

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  • c. 1500 - 1542
    Life of the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto.
  • 1514
    Hernando de Soto sails for Panama.
  • 1517
    Hernando de Soto explores Colombia.
  • 1524
    Hernando de Soto joins an expedition led by Francisco Hernández de Córdoba bound for what is today Nicaragua.
  • 1532
    Hernando de Soto is a key commander in the army of conquistadors led by Francisco Pizarro which conquers the Inca civilization.
  • Dec 1535
    The conquistador Hernando de Soto leaves the Americas and returns to Spain.
  • 1537
    Hernando de Soto is made a Knight of Santiago, the governor of Cuba, and awarded the status of adelantado for North American exploration.
  • 1539 - 1542
    The spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto leads an expedition of discovery and conquest in Florida and the southwestern part North America.
  • 21 May 1542
    The Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto dies near Natchez and his body is comitted to the Mississippi River.