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By Janet Hubbard Brown

In 1536, De Soto turned wealthy while he helped lead the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire in South the US. He persevered his explorations via what's this day the southern usa. a while eight+ years.

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In 1542, the royalty issued another decree forbidding the Spanish to take slaves. But de Soto and others had long been operating a slave market from Central America. At first, de Soto and his partners forced their captured Indians to work in the mines in the mountain region of Nicaragua. The work was brutal, and many died. The first of their documented slave ships departed Nicaragua for Panama in March 1529. The ships could carry 450 slaves. De Soto and his partner Hernán Ponce de León made a large profit with the CONQUERING NICARAGUA slaves.

Called upon to do. It was the beginning of a massive slave operation that would continue for many years. The conquistadors, who numbered 50 to 60, demanded a workforce of thousands because they wanted to be treated like royalty. They had been given the chance to develop a taste for the independence and excitement of frontier life. They felt above the law. (continued on page 30) 28 HERNANDO DE SOTO Slavery T he Spaniards said they believed in a just war, but their actions often belied their words.

Then, Hernándo Cortés went into Mexico THE BOY ADVENTURER and in 1521 conquered the Aztec Empire, which was added to the Spanish Empire. In the 1530s, Francisco Pizarro and Hernando de Soto conquered the Inca Empire in Peru. Expeditions pushed farther north into Ecuador and Colombia and south into Chile. The conquistadors were unstoppable. They went into Argentina in 1536 and founded the city of Buenos Aires, and continued on into Paraguay in 1537. Most of the South American continent, Central America, Mexico, Florida (which included most of North America in the Spaniards’ minds), and Cuba were all under control of the Spanish Empire in the 1550s.

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