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. They fled without their weapons, but regathered later. Chroniclers are puzzled over why the Chickasaws didn’t “finish them off.”


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