Hernando de Soto

1500 - 1542

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Hernando de Soto (; Spanish: [eɾˈnando ðe ˈsoto]; c. 1500 – May 21, 1542) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who was involved in expeditions in Nicaragua and the Yucatan Peninsula. He played an important role in Pizarro's conquest of the Inca Empire in Peru, but is best known for leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States (through Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and most likely Arkansas). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hernando de Soto has received more than 1,450,362 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Hernando de Soto is the 55th most popular explorer (up from 60th in 2019), the 161st most popular biography from Spain (up from 191st in 2019) and the 8th most popular Spanish Explorer.

Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer who is most famous for exploring the Mississippi River.

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Among explorers, Hernando de Soto ranks 55 out of 405Before him are Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld, Diego de Almagro, William Adams, Ernest Shackleton, and John Smith. After him are William Baffin, Samuel de Champlain, Hanno the Navigator, Richard Francis Burton, James Clark Ross, and Diogo Cão.

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Among people born in 1500, Hernando de Soto ranks 9Before him are Rüstem Pasha, Benvenuto Cellini, Wu Cheng'en, Gülfem Hatun, Lala Mustafa Pasha, and Fatma Sultan. After him are Bartolomeo Eustachi, Çandarlı Halil Pasha the Younger, Federico II Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, John of Ávila, Al-Mutawakkil III, and Afanasy Nikitin. Among people deceased in 1542, Hernando de Soto ranks 5Before him are Lisa del Giocondo, James V of Scotland, Catherine Howard, and 2nd Dalai Lama. After him are Lapu-Lapu, Dosso Dossi, Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, Thomas Wyatt, Peter Henlein, Diego de Almagro II, and Girolamo Aleandro.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Hernando de Soto ranks 161 out of 2,595Before him are Alfonso XI of Castile (1311), Ibn Hazm (994), Juan Ramón Jiménez (1881), Gaius Julius Hyginus (-64), Peter II of Aragon (1174), and Carlos Saura (1932). After him are Josep Borrell (1947), John I of Castile (1358), John, Prince of Asturias (1478), Queen Fabiola of Belgium (1928), Alfonso VII of León and Castile (1105), and Philip, Duke of Parma (1720).

Among EXPLORERS In Spain

Among explorers born in Spain, Hernando de Soto ranks 8Before him are Francisco Pizarro (1478), Juan Sebastián Elcano (1476), Juan Ponce de León (1460), Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475), Francisco de Orellana (1511), and Diego de Almagro (1475). After him are Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar (1465), Alonso de Ojeda (1466), Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1488), Benjamin of Tudela (1130), Francisco Vázquez de Coronado (1510), and Lope de Aguirre (1518).