“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Milledgeville in Baldwin 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 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 this was the general area where the De Soto expedition visited April 3-8, 1540. The Indians of the Chiefdom of Altamaha ferried the Spanish across a large river in dugout canoes. The expedition next traveled northeastward and visited the town of the paramount chief, Ocute.
Erected 1990 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 005-30.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 4.84′ N, 83° 13.754′ W. Marker is in Milledgeville, Georgia, in Baldwin County. Marker is at the intersection of West Hancock Street (Georgia Route 24) and S. Washington Street, on the right when traveling east on West Hancock Street. Click for map. The marker is located in front of the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 West Hancock Street, Milledgeville GA 31061, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Seal of Georgia (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Charles Holmes Herty (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr Charles Holmes Herty Statesman -Chemist (within shouting distance of this marker); Tomlinson Fort House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Masonic Temple of Benevolent Lodge No 3, F. & A. M. (about 700 feet away); The Milledgeville Hotel and Oliver Hardy (approx. 0.2 miles away); Statehouse Square (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Governorís Mansion (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Milledgeville.
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.
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansNotable Persons
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