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By Janet Hubbard Brown

In 1536, De Soto grew to become wealthy whilst he helped lead the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire in South the United States. He persevered his explorations via what's this day the southern usa. a long time eight+ years.

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It wasn’t until the late 1500s, however, that Europeans started fighting for commerce and international power. After 1620 Spain lost a lot of its imperial, commercial and economic control over its colonies. Spain’s power remained dominant, though, until the late 1700s. Then the colonies began fighting for their independence. But the Spanish influence had and has been enormous. 21 22 HERNANDO DE SOTO (continued from page 19) De Soto would have been traveling as a simple soldier or perhaps a page.

The conquistadors who explored the world during the 1500s did not seem to know when to stop. Cortés spent his great fortune and ended his life in lawsuits. Pizarro, de Soto’s commander in Peru, was killed in Lima by rivals. De Soto risked his own life and the lives of his soldiers by making a decision that involved pride. The conquistadors would fade out in the next century. * David Ewing Duncan, Hernando de Soto: A Savage Quest in the Americas (Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1996), 12.

It was the beginning of a massive slave operation that would continue for many years. The conquistadors, who numbered 50 to 60, demanded a workforce of thousands because they wanted to be treated like royalty. They had been given the chance to develop a taste for the independence and excitement of frontier life. They felt above the law. (continued on page 30) 28 HERNANDO DE SOTO Slavery T he Spaniards said they believed in a just war, but their actions often belied their words. Queen Isabella, in 1500, outlawed slavery, unless the Indians attacked Spanish soldiers or there was proof that they were cannibals.

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