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Hernando de Soto: A Savage Quest in the Americas

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This is the story of a legendary expedition across four thousand miles of the future United States, led by an explorer searching for an illusionary empire of gold. Formerly the second-in-command in Francisco Pizarro’s conquest of the Incas in 1531, Hernando de Soto arrived in the country he called La Florida in 1539, leading a glittering, armored Renaissance-era army of si ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by University of Oklahoma Press (first published 1996)
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Christopher Rex
Mar 06, 2014 Christopher Rex rated it really liked it
4 Stars for "History Buffs" and 3 Stars for the General Public. This biography of Hernando de Soto is incredibly well-researched and insanely informative. However, that is also its "drawback." That is, the book needs a make-over to make it a bit more digestable for the Average Dude. I love a good history book, but too much detail can bog down an historical narrative. If you are researching de Soto, start here.

De Soto epitomized Spain and the Spanish era of conquest: Bold, uber-confident, egotist
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SL
Feb 25, 2008 SL rated it really liked it
Boy, that DeSoto was a real motherfucker, wasn't he?
Tom
Nov 25, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
A biography of the Spanish conquistador who travelled through the Southeast U.S. in 1539=1541.
Andrew
Horrifically fascinating... fascinatingly horrific. An ugly story told very well.
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Excellent historical record of the exploration of North America.
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David Ewing Duncan is the author of seven books including the worldwide bestseller Calendar. He is Chief Correspondent of public radio's Biotech Nation, a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, and a contributing editor and a columnist for Conde Nast Portfolio. He has been a contributing editor to Wired, Discover and Technology Review, and has written for Harper s, The Atlantic, Fortune, and many o ...more
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