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De Soto

De Soto, Hernando (1496-1542), a Spanish explorer, who went to the New World under Davila and Pizarro, and had a great share in the conquest of Peru. In 1536 he took part in an expedition to Florida, and penetrated to the Mississippi. He, however, contracted a fever and died there.