De Soto, Luis (unknown–1543)

By: Frank Goodwyn

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

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Fray Luis De Soto left Spain with his kinsman, Hernando De Soto, on April 7, 1538.He followed the De Soto expedition through its many hardships in America and continued with Luis de Moscoso after Hernando De Soto's death in 1542. He died before Moscoso reached Pánuco on September 10, 1543.

Carlos E. Castañeda, Our Catholic Heritage in Texas (7 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann–Jones, 1936–58; rpt., New York: Arno, 1976).


  • Exploration
  • Explorers (French)

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Frank Goodwyn, “De Soto, Luis,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021,

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December 1, 1994