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Hernando de Soto. Engraving from Herrera's Historia General, 1615. Courtesy of the Library of Congress (LC-USZ6-674).

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de Soto, Hernando (1500?–21 May 1542), Spanish conquistador and explorer, was the son of Francisco Mendez de Soto, an important landowner in Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz Province, Spain, and Doña Leonor Arias Tinoco, a noblewoman from a family prominent in the city of Badajoz. De Soto usually gave his birthplace as Jerez de los Caballeros and considered it the seat of his family line....

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Narváez, Pánfilo de (1478?–1528), Spanish conquistador and accidental explorer of Florida, was born in Valladolid, Spain, the son of noble parents. Nothing is known of his youth. He sailed to the Caribbean in about 1500 and served in the conquests of Jamaica and Cuba. As a reward for his service in Cuba, he received grants of land and ...