(1475-1517) Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador best known for being the first European to reach the Pacific Ocean from America.

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

(1475-1517) Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador best known for being the first European to…

A caiman lunging at a man on horseback.

Caiman

A caiman lunging at a man on horseback.

Spanish explorer.

Fernando Cortez

Spanish explorer.

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European to discover the Mississippi River.

The Burial of de Soto

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish…

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European to discover the Mississippi River.

De Soto Discovering the Mississippi River

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish…

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who, while leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States, was the first European to discover the Mississippi River.

Fernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto (Jerez de los Caballeros, Badajoz, Spain, c.1496/1497–May 21, 1542) was a Spanish…

This image portrays explorer, Hernando De Soto and other Conquistadors at the discovery of the Mississippi River.

Hernando De Soto Discovering the Mississippi River

This image portrays explorer, Hernando De Soto and other Conquistadors at the discovery of the Mississippi…

Juan Ponce de León (1474 – July 1521) was a Spanish conquistador. He accompanied Christopher Columbus on the latter's second voyage to the New World.

Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de León (1474 – July 1521) was a Spanish conquistador. He accompanied Christopher…

A Spanish explorer and conquistador who was the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi River.

Hernando de Soto

A Spanish explorer and conquistador who was the first European documented to have crossed the Mississippi…