Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms available in Paperback
Between 1539 and 1542 Hernando de Soto led a small army on a desperate journey of exploration of almost four thousand miles across the Southeast. Until now, his path has been one of history's most intriguing mysteries. With Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun, anthropologist Charles Hudson offers a solution to the question, "Where did de Soto go?" Using a new route reconstruction, for the first time the story of the de Soto expedition can be laid on a map, and in many instances it can be tied to specific archaeological sites.
Arguably the most important event in the history of the Southeast in the sixteenth century, De Soto's journey cut a bloody and indelible swath across both the landscape and native cultures in a quest for gold and personal glory. The desperate Spanish army followed the sunset from Florida to Texas before abandoning its mission. De Soto's one triumph was that he was the first European to explore the vast region that would be the American South, but he died on the banks of the Mississippi River a broken man in 1542.
Abundantly illustrated, Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun is a clearly written narrative that unfolds against the exotic backdrop of a now extinct social and geographic landscape. Hudson masterfully chronicles both De Soto's expedition and the native societies he visited. A blending of archaeology, history, and historical geography, this is a monumental study of the sixteenth-century Southeast.
|Publisher:||University of Georgia Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
ROBBIE ETHRIDGE is a professor of anthropology at the University ofMississippi. Her many books include, most recently, From Chicaza to Chickasaw: The European Invasions and the Transformation of the Mississippian World, 1540–1715.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mr. Hudson has made it his quest to understand and retrace the footsteps of DeSoto's army through the southeast of the United States. The author also includes excellent anthropological references to native indians of the period. This is not a romatic story of a conquerer, although an impressive journey of exploration and conquest, only destruction and death came to many of the Chiefdoms and the native people. A fascinating story. An excellent and well written book. The best book of a conquistador I've read so far.