Hernando Desoto’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

October 21, 1496

Death Date

May 21, 1542

Age of Death

45 years

Cause of Death




The explorer Hernando Desoto died at the age of 45. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

16th-century Spanish conquistador who was the first documented person to cross the Mississippi River while searching for gold and silver.

He first sailed to America in 1514 with the governor of Panama.

He explored North America looking for a passage to China and reserves of gold.

His parents were hidalgos, a form of non-titled nobility. He married Isabel de Bobadilla in 1537.

He asked Charles V for control of Guatemala, but was given governorship of Cuba instead.