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De Soto Narrative intro

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De Soto Narrative. Richard Hakluyt, ed., The Discovery and Conquest of Terra Florida by Don Ferdinando De Soto, (London: The Hakluyt Society, 1851), pp. 56-59. This document is a narrative of the Spanish exploration of Florida, led by De Soto, in 1539-43. It was written after the voyage was over by a survivor known only as “the Gentleman of Elvas.” In this selection, he gives an account of their time in a Native American city known as Cofitachequi. It was one of the largest towns in North America, and the Spanish explorers had heard about it from other Native Americans they captured or communicated with long before they finally found it.
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Unformatted text preview: Though the Spanish were initially greeted with guarded friendliness by the leader of the town, known to the writer as “the Lady of Cofitachequi,” De Soto orders his men to leave shortly after they had arrived. Why does the writer say that De Soto (who he calls the Governor) wanted to leave? What reasons did De Soto give his men for moving on? From this piece, what would you say were the reasons the Spanish explorers were unable to “colonize” or “conquer” Cofitachequi? Why had a similar Spanish voyage succeeded in conquering the much larger Aztec city of Tenochtitlan, but this voyage against Cofitachequi failed?...
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