Portrait of Hernando DeSoto
"DeSoto's plan was not to be, for on this last leg of the march he
had contracted a deadly fever. Our leader confessed his sins, wrote a
will, and named his long-time friend and confident Luis de Moscoso as
his successor. Then, on the 21st of May 1542, Hernando DeSoto died."
|Photo credit: Still frame from "Hernando DeSoto in America." Original video provided courtesy of the DeSoto National Memorial.
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