One of the reasons for this Odyssey I am on is to learn more about the history of my country. Earlier in the week I explored Pine Island and Punta Gorda looking for the spot where the first white man (Spaniard) was killed by the Indians (Calusa). Nobody knows his name but he was part of Ponce de Leon's expedition that came looking for the Fountain of Youth in 1513. I've been looking for it too, but--well it's just past the next Walmart, I'm sure. Anyway, it is too bad that the poor guy's death didn't scare the Spaniards off but they just kept coming.
DeSoto was very wealthy and had made his money by capturing and trading Central American Indians as slaves. His designs on North America were no more righteous.He and his men started right out killing and plundering--For four years and 4000 miles! At one time they even captured a very powerful female chief and held her as a slave until she died. (I would love to know more about her--the only female Indians I ever heard about were Sacajaweja and Pocohantas--thank you Walt Disney)
History Lesson study questions...1.) Why can't we have a park named for the female Indian chief?
2.) Why do we remember--without all their evil doings--such immoral people?
3.) Aren't you glad you didn't have me for a history teacher? (Oops! Sorry kids, you did.)