Book by Gaines, Ann
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Grade 7 Up-Although this book is ostensibly about the explorer's life and adventures, Gaines also gives substantial attention to the culture and history of the various Native American groups that the Spaniard encountered on his travels throughout what is now the United States. In fact, de Soto's story does not begin until chapter four. It is certainly interesting enough: he left Spain on an expedition to Panama when he was just 13 and amassed a fortune by plundering the Native peoples in Central America. The bulk of the story, however, focuses on his travels in North America, when he agreed to "conquer, pacify, and populate" the lands from north of central Mexico to north of the Chesapeake Bay. He led his followers to the Mississippi River, the first Europeans to see it, and traveled thousands of miles across the southern United States. Much of his story, though, involves the loss of lives, both of his men and especially the Native Americans he often attempted to overpower. Black-and-white maps and reproductions break up the text. This detailed book should provide much information for reports.
Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City
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Book Description Enslow Publishers, 2002. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0766018210