Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms

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University of Georgia Press, 1998 - History - 592 pages
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Between 1539 and 1542 Hernando de Soto led a small army on a desperate journey of exploration of almost four thousand miles across the Southeast. Until now, his path has been one of history's most intriguing mysteries. With Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun, anthropologist Charles Hudson offers a solution to the question, "Where did de Soto go?" Using a new route reconstruction, for the first time the story of the de Soto expedition can be laid on a map, and in many instances it can be tied to specific archaeological sites.

Arguably the most important event in the history of the Southeast in the sixteenth century, De Soto's journey cut a bloody and indelible swath across both the landscape and native cultures in a quest for gold and personal glory. The desperate Spanish army followed the sunset from Florida to Texas before abandoning its mission. De Soto's one triumph was that he was the first European to explore the vast region that would be the American South, but he died on the banks of the Mississippi River a broken man in 1542.

Abundantly illustrated, Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun is a clearly written narrative that unfolds against the exotic backdrop of a now extinct social and geographic landscape. Hudson masterfully chronicles both De Soto's expedition and the native societies he visited. A blending of archaeology, history, and historical geography, this is a monumental study of the sixteenth-century Southeast.


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Hernando de Soto's tortuous and futile expedition, from 1539 to 1543, in search of imaginary cities of gold marked the first significant European penetration of what was to become the American South ... Read full review

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Quote "In these precious remnants of this once vast southeastern forest of the sixteenth century, one can walk today and imagine knights from Spain on a doomed quest, pitted against the agile warriors of chiefdoms whose rulers were said to be descendants of the Sun." -Charles Hudson, pg. 440 Read full review


Spaniards 3 Indians 11 Early Spanish Exploration
Organization of the Expedition 47 Departure from San Lucar
Base Camp 66 Horses Dogs Pigs 72 Juan Ortiz 78 Northward
Departure from Tampa Bay 89 The Swamp ofOcale 100 De Soto
Winter 15391540
The Bay of the Horses 128 Marcos and Perico 129 The Return to Tampa Bay 130 Apalachee
Capachequi 149 Toa 150 Ichisi 157 Ocute 162 77te Wilderness ofOcute 165 Cofitachequi
Quizquiz Casqui Pacaha
Quiguate 311 Coligua 314 Cmas 316 Ta 320 Utiangiie
Anilco 336 Guachoya 339 Quigualtam 341 The Massacre at Anilco 346 The Deafh
Chaguate 353 Naguatex 359 lays 363 Gwssco 367 The Rroer of Daycao 370 Return
The Canoes of Quigualtam 390 Tie Mouth of the Mississippi River
Tfte Gulf Coast 399 Panuco 403 Mexico City
Tfe Survivors 412 Jsabe de Bobadilla vs Herndn Ponce de Leon 414 The Decline

oara 185 The CherokeeSpeaking Peoples 190 Chiaha 199 Coosa
South from Coosa 220 Atahachi 229 Mabila 232 Attack 238 Counterattack 241
Winter 15401541
The Documentary Sources 441 History of Research on the De Soto Route 455 The U

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Charles M. Hudson, a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Georgia, is one of the foremost authorities on the history and culture of the Indians of the U.S. Southeast. His many books include Black Drink, The Forgotten Centuries, and Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun (all Georgia).

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