United States #898 (1940)

de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)

On October 18, 1540, Spanish explorer and conquistador Hernando de Soto — leading the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States — arrived at Mabila, a heavily fortified village situated on a plain in a region of present-day central Alabama. Mabila was a Trojan-horse, fake village concealing over 2500 native warriors, planning to attack de Soto’s expedition. Tuskaloosa was a paramount chief of … Continue reading de Soto and Coronado (1540-1542)