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.

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