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1540: De Soto Arrives in a "Little Ice Age"

Richard Green

Climatologists assert that the Mississippi area was much colder in 1540 than it is today. In fact, they dub the era the “Little Ice Age” – making de Soto’s expedition – and the tribes’ defense of their own villages – even more challenging.

Climatologists assert that the Mississippi area was much colder in 1540 than it is today.

Hernando de Soto Videos

In December 1540, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto led an army of men across the Chikashsha, or modern-day Tombigbee River.


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