This documentary portrays actions by the Chickasaw opposing Hernando de Soto’s quest for riches in America in the early 1500s. This event was the Chickasaw’s first European contact. It set the standard by which the tribe for centuries remained, and remains, “unconquered and unconquerable.” De Soto was famous among Americas’ conquistadors. Landing at today’s Tampa Bay in 1539, de Soto and his army sought gold and glory. De Soto and his 700 men seized native villages. They exploited native people and selfishly squandered their resources. De Soto soon sought the “land of the Chicasa,” scouring today’s Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Carolinas. In 1540 he entered Chickasaw territory, forming a reluctant relationship with the Chikasaw. De Soto claimed authority over them, disrupting their ways and making harsh demands upon tribal leaders. The Chickasaw eventually overcame these increasingly unwelcome visitors, ending De Soto’s American expedition.
Screening time:6:10-6:29 PM, Saturday, May 4, 2019
Length: 18 mins.
Director: Philip Sullivan
Producer: Brad Clonch
Distributor: Brad Clonch