De Soto: A Tragic Figure

Scott Pardue

If de Soto had returned to Spain he would not have been a hero since he failed to find gold.

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The Chickasaws: Knowing of de Soto's Brutality and Demands

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The Chickasaws had heard of de Soto’s brutality on the “Indian grapevine” and retreated to their villages.

Why Didn't the Chickasaws Kill de Soto?

Richard Green
Richard Green notes historians don’t agree on the number of de Soto’s camp who were killed – from a dozen to many more.

Second Attack Drives de Soto Away

Richard Green
Richard Green notes that in a subsequent attack, the Chickasaws did lose a few warriors to de Soto’s army, but succeeded in driving him away.

De Soto Was No Hero

Richard Green
Richard Green describes two vastly different historical viewpoints about De Soto.

De Soto Expedition: Telling a Balanced Story

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Scott Pardue explains the importance of telling the story of De Soto in a balanced way.

De Soto from the Native Perspective

Scott Pardue
The retelling of the de Soto story has been biased from a European perspective. It is time for Native Americans to offer their perspectives.

The Significance of de Soto

Scott Pardue
Scott Pardue shares the significance of de Soto's exploration throughout the Southeastern United States.

De Soto Arrives in North America: A Great Collision of Cultures

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Historian and artist Hermann Trappman describes the cultural clash when European explorers arrived on the North American continent.