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De Soto (Exploring the World Series): Hernando de Soto Explores the Southeast
     

De Soto (Exploring the World Series): Hernando de Soto Explores the Southeast

by Ann Heinrichs
 

A biography of the sixteenth-century Spaniard who explored Florida and other southern states, and became the first white man to cross the Mississippi River.

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A biography of the sixteenth-century Spaniard who explored Florida and other southern states, and became the first white man to cross the Mississippi River.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In many ways the "Age of Exploration" opened up new pathways for European expansion. Explorers from nations such as France, Spain, and England sought out new territories across the world. Yet, the coming of the explorers often meant the destruction of the lives and culture of native people. The Native Americans that first met European explorers generally resisted their invaders. However, superior technology allowed the Europeans to overwhelm their more numerous foes. One such explorer was the soldier Hernando De Soto who led an expedition of conquistadors into what was to become the American South. De Soto and his men marched across Georgia, the Carolinas, Alabama, and Mississippi. They encountered the mighty Mississippi River and crossed it into Arkansas. De Soto died of fever on the banks of the Mississippi River and his body was consigned to its depths. Life ended in a watery grave for a man who was both a bold leader of men and a cruel soldier who had played a role in the extermination of thousands of native people. De Soto's life story is detailed in this concise but thorough illustrated work. Author Ann Heinrichs does a fine job of describing the life and times of a prototypical conquistador. 2002, Compass Books, Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These introductory titles open with a short description of how each man's childhood experiences motivated him to devote his life to exploration. They then cover the men's journeys, describing what they were searching for and what they actually found, and close with accounts of their deaths and brief analyses of the impact of their discoveries. The authors are largely objective about their subjects, describing their bravery and dedication as well as their lust for power and wealth. They also detail how the men, especially La Salle and De Soto, treated the native peoples they encountered. All three books are heavily illustrated with both period art and modern location photos; each one also includes a detailed map of the explorer's travels. However, although these titles are attractive, they are very brief, and coverage could only be described as superficial. There is little space for any real examination of these men's complex, often contradictory personalities or for background about the countries they represented, and there is limited analysis of their legacies. Numerous extant titles offer much more comprehensive information.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756501792
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Field Trips Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Ann Heinrichs grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and lives in Chicago. She is the author of more that one hundred books for children and young adults on Asian, African, and U.S. history and culture. Ann has also written numerous newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles. She is an award-winning martial artist, specializing in t’ai chi empty-hand and sword forms.

Ann has traveled widely throughout the United States, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In exploring each state for this series, she rediscovered the people, history, and resources that make this a great land, as well as the concerns we share with people around the world.

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