Who Discovered the Mississippi?

I was born in Columbus, Mississippi at Goose Air Force Base and studied the history about my birth state, I am happy to share with you the history. Hernando De Soto explored for Spain and discovered the Mississippi River. The area was claimed by France in 1540. The French proclaimed the first settlement in 1699 where Ocean Springs is today. In 1798, Mississippi became a U.S. Territory. For more information look here: