De Soto Invades and Chickasaws Ensue Surprise Night Attack

Brad Lieb

The first historical mention of the Chickasaws occurs as Hernando de Soto and his Conquistadors attempted a river crossing in search of winter quarters. After an offensive request from the Spanish, the Chickasaws appeared to offer assistance until their surprise attack routed the Spanish.

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