Hernando sailed with a military expedition from Havana, Cuba, to the west coast of Florida. There Hernando soldiers marched northward to a site near present-day Tallahassee, Florida. There they spent the winter of 1539-1540. During th Spring Hernando crossed Georgia, South Carolina, and passed through the western tip of North Carolina. As they traveled they became the first Europeaqns to see these regions, and they also met Cherokee Indians. During this expedition Hernando died.