Friday, July 19, 2019

Almost 500 Years Ago...

July 18, 1543

Today in 1543, the survivors of Hernando De Soto’s expedition finally reached the mouth of the Mississippi River, where they would construct crude ships to sail for Mexico. DeSoto had died on May 21, 1542, near the present site of Ferriday, Louisiana and Luis de Moscoso Alvarado would be tasked with guiding the remnants of the expedition to the Gulf. The first part of the journey had been a nightmare of Indian harassment and foundering boats and rafts. 

One fortuitous legacy of DeSoto’s adventure would be that the fierce Spanish hunting dogs left behind by the expedition would become the ancestors of Louisiana’s beloved State Dog, the Catahoula Cur.

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