These extracts are taken from The Worthy and Famous History of the Travels, Discovery, and Conquest of Terra Florida, accomplished and effected by that worthy General and Captain, Don Ferdinando de Soto, and six hundred Spaniards his followers.
(Reprinted by Hakluyt Society, 1851.) Pages 9-16, 27-32, 89-92, 120-122, 125-127.
This is a translation, made by Hakluyt in 1609, of a narrative by one of the companions of De Soto, first published in 1557.
I.—how de Soto set sail.
Captain Soto was the son of a squire of Xerez of Badajos.
He went into the Spanish Indies when Peter Arias of Avila was governor of the West Indies.
And there he was without any thing else of his own, save his sword and target.
And, for his good qualities and valor, Peter Arias made him captain of a troop of horsemen; and, by his commandment, he went with Fernando Pizarro to the conquest of Peru, where (as many persons of credit reported, which were there present) . . . he passed all other captains