Born in 1500? (date not certain) Hernando was a Spanish explorer. In 1534, he went on an expedition to Nicaragua, South America. He went on this expedition with Francisco de Cordoba. In 1531, De Soto went on another expedition, this time to Peru, where he counquered the Incan empire and its empire. On May 30, 1539 Hernando took 10 ships to the west coast of Florida. They explored the area, killed natives and their societies as well as search for gold and silver.