He was the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto. And although contemporaries held de Soto’s expedition a failure, historians and geographers do not share their pessimism: in addition to geographical discoveries, de Soto had other merits. For example, the horses that escaped him gave rise to the North American mustang population.
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What saints did the conquistadors pray to and why did they decide to conquer Mexico? What was the ethnic, regional, and age composition of the Conquista?