Explore With Hernando de Soto (Travel with the great explorers series)

Explore With Hernando de Soto (Travel with the great explorers series) by Rachel Stuckey, Crabtree Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 9780778728498. Reviewed by John R. Clark, MLIS.

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This book does a nice job of chronicling what we know about De Soto’s expedition in a very balanced manner. Unlike many of the history books I read in school 50 years ago, this makes no attempt to sugar coat what types of cruelty and harm the expedition inflicted on Native Americans. It goes into great detail about where the Spaniards went, which tribes they encountered and what kinds of wildlife/plants they discovered. Young readers interest in history may well be sparked further by reading this book. It’s a good choice for any library.

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