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June 03, 2019

Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain.

This is one of my favorite days of the year. On June 3, 1539, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto (1495-1542) stood in Tampa Bay and claimed all of Florida for Spain. De Soto encouraged natives to believe he was a “Sun God” to gain their passivity.

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Posted by JD Hull at June 3, 2019 04:22 PM

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