Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms by Charles HudsonKnights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms by Charles Hudson

Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms

byCharles Hudson

Paperback | September 1, 1998

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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.

Charles M. Hudson, a professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Georgia, is one of the foremost authorities on the history and culture of the Indians of the U.S. Southeast. His many books include Black Drink, The Forgotten Centuries, and Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun (all Georgia).
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Title:Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient ChiefdomsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9.2 × 6.15 × 1.2 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Georgia Press

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ISBN - 10:0820320625

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Hernando de Soto and his band’s exploration of United States’ southeast has always intrigued scholars. Where did this group of men travel between 1539 and 1542? Using archeology, history and geography, Charles Hudson provides a map of their expedition. Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun offers a glimpse into the ‘disappeared’ landscape that presented such a challenge to de Soto and company.

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Hudson's masterful new book has raised the level of the discussion for all who will come after him, and he has made an invaluable contribution to the historical understanding of Native American life in the Southeast.

- Southern Cultures