SAT Subject US History Practice Question 177: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 177

68. Spanish and Spanish-sponsored parties explored and/or settled all the following areas of North America EXCEPT:

A. the northern Atlantic coast
B. the Gulf of Mexico
C. the Pacific coast
D. the Southwest
E. the Mississippi valley

Correct Answer: A


The Spaniards explored the West and the Southwest north of Mexico, the entire Gulf coast area, and the Mississippi valley; Hernando de Soto and his party were the first Europeans to see the Mississippi River. The Spaniards did not explore the Atlantic Coast north of Florida.

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