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Children's LiteratureThe year was 1539. Nine Spanish ships commanded by Captain Hernando de Soto sailed up to the western coast of Florida. Their mission was to bring Christian religion and European civilization to the Native Americans. The captain and his men also hoped to find the gold that this land was rumored to possess. The story of Hernando de Soto's life, adventures and expedition is a riveting tale told by author Gaines. The book highlights the challenges that de Soto and his men faced as they searched for gold, and the resulting Spanish conquests of other parts of the United States. Maps, photographs, source documents, timelines and chapter notes add interest. A wonderful addition to any bookshelf.