“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Chatsworth in Murray County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

De Soto in Georgia

DeSoto in Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 19, 2005
1. DeSoto in Georgia Marker
Inscription. In May 1539 Hernando de Soto landed in Florida with over 600 people, 220 horses and mules, and a herd of swine reserved for famine. Fired by his success in Pizarro`s conquest of Peru, De Soto had been granted the rights, by the King of Spain, to explore, then govern, southeastern North America.

After wintering in Tallahassee, the De Soto expedition set out on a quest for gold which eventually spanned four years and crossed portions of nine states. This was the first recorded European exploration of the interior of the Southeast. Over 300 members died on the expedition, including De Soto in 1542. This tremendous effort forever changed the lives of the Indians who were infected with old world diseases, killed in battle, enslaved, made destitute and sometimes befriended.

Many scholars believe that the De Soto expedition entered Georgia north of here and reached the central town of the Chiefdom of Coosa, July 16, 1540. The Spanish spent over a month a rich fortified town between the two streams. Spanish accounts from the De Soto and Tristan de Luna expeditions, and 16th century Spanish artifacts indicate this was the location of Coosa.
Erected 1990 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 105-12.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 34° 36.678′ N, 84° 40.031′ W. Marker is near Chatsworth, Georgia, in Murray County. Marker is on Carter 2.5 miles north of Georgia Route 136, on the right. Click for map. The marker is located in the parking lot at the end of Carter's Dam Road in Carter's Lake State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Chatsworth GA 30705, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Federal Road (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Gilmer (approx. 4.2 miles away); Forks of the Old Federal Road (approx. 7.1 miles away); Federal Road Cisca St. Augustine Trail (approx. 8.2 miles away); The Zell Miller Mountain Parkway (approx. 9.8 miles away); Old Holly Creek P.O. (approx. 9.9 miles away); Field's Mill & Ferry (approx. 10 miles away); a different marker also named Old Federal Road (approx. 10.4 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Chatsworth.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .  Hernando De Soto's Conquest of Florida - Florida History. (Submitted on September 18, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,028 times since then and 70 times this year. Last updated on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photo   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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