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De Soto In Georgia

 
 
DeSoto In Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
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 crossed the Savannah River in this general area, April 17, 1540. The Spanish crossed the swift river where it was divided by an island and moved into South Carolina. Forty foot soldiers tied themselves together and crossed safely in water that reached up to the saddlebags of the cavalry`s horses.
 
Erected 1990 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 121-50.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission
DeSoto In Georgia Marker, along the River Walk looking west image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 26, 2008
2. DeSoto In Georgia Marker, along the River Walk looking west
marker series.
 
Location. 33° 28.706′ N, 81° 57.847′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Riverwalk (river side) near 8th Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Indian Warrior / Trading Path (a few steps from this marker); Founding of Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bartram Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); A Memorial To Eli Whitney (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jessye Norman (about 600 feet away); Augusta Cotton Exchange (about 600 feet away); The Mayham Tower (about 700 feet away); Original Augusta Common - 1736 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Augusta.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The De Soto Trail in Georgia
 
Also see . . .
1. Hernando de Soto in Georgia. De Soto passed through Georgia twice during his famous exploration. (Submitted on August 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. De Soto's Georgia Trails. This site shows sites along the explorer's trail and overlays the route on modern highway maps. (Submitted on August 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Exploration
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,770 times since then and 14 times this year. Last updated on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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