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The Chickasaws: Leaving a Village and Food for de Soto

Richard Green

De Soto always demanded food, so the Chickasaws vacated one of their villages for de Soto’s army to occupy, also leaving them a supply of food. But de Soto had decided to stay there until Spring — about three months. Diplomacy was the key to the Chickasaws’ surviving this period without losing any people.

De Soto always demanded food, so the Chickasaws vacated one of their villages for de Soto’s army to occupy, also leaving them a supply of food.

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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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