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Traders and Travelers


Hernando DeSoto's Spanish army traversed the Mississippi Valley in the 1540s, when the Mississippian cultures were in decline. DeSoto landed near Tampa Bay, Florida, and for two years trekked across what are now the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana.

(image) Map of Hernando DeSoto's 1539-1543 route through the southeastern United  States.