Rothenberg, Lee
October 2006
Military History;Oct2006, Vol. 23 Issue 7, p42
The article provides information on the Battle of Mauvila, which may have been the most important fight in North American history, between the Spanish and American Indians. Mauvila was not a large town, but it had the best fortifications the Spanish had seen. Diseases carried by Hernando de Soto's soldiers--the first large-scale European force on North American soil--killed millions of American Indians, depopulated entire areas, broke up Indian villages and cities and disrupted the alliances between tribes. The de Soto expedition's records provided Europe with the earliest known geographic and biological information of southeastern North America.


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