Hernando DeSoto SS book pg 147 Made by Mr. Roper The king of Spain gave ______________________a grant for an expedition to the northern continent. DeSoto put together an army of _________________ soldiers and sailed west to Florida. They landed in May 1539. DeSoto and his men were searching for _________________ in North America. DeSoto moved north and reached what is now ___________________ by winter. They found no gold, and traveled on through parts of _______________________, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. DeSoto encountered many Indian peoples during his expedition. These encounters often ended in _____________________ for many people. DeSoto reached the _______________________River in May 1541. They were the first Europeans to see the great river. They crossed the river and encountered more _______________ with Indians. For ____________ years the Spanish searched for gold without finding any. In 1542, deSoto died of ___________________. After his death, his men returned to Spain without any _____________________. Though he found no gold, deSoto claimed much of the land he explored for ______________________. The Spanish now claimed all of what is today the Southeastern United States.