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Spanish Exploration and Conquest of North America

History of the conquistadors' travels in what is now the U.S. South and Midwest. Offers a controversial and original interpretation of where conquistadors traveled. Reconstructs their journey with firsthand accounts, and analyzes logistics of the expedition force and how the Spaniards measured distance. Gives contemporary names of cities and landmarks along the trail covered by Hernando de Soto.

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