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In 1539, Hernando de Soto led the first major European expedition into the interior of the southeastern North America, an area then known as “La Florida.” This nineteenth-century engraving depicts Hernando de Soto’s discovery of the Mississippi River at a point below Natchez on May 8, 1541.
This newspaper article, printed in the Maryland Gazette on May 22, 1755, was originally published in London’s Gentlemen’s Magazine in January 1755 to drum up support for the French and Indian War. It demonstrates the British perspective on why this war was worth fighting. The anonymous author described the economic value of each of the American colonies, highlighting the commodities each produced.