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Hernando DeSoto in Georgia

 
 
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By David Seibert, January 24, 2010
1. Hernando DeSoto in Georgia Marker
Inscription. Hernando de Soto, born ca. 1500, nobleman, conquistador, Governor of Cuba, with rights to conquer Florida, traveled in 1540 through what later became Georgia on an expedition to find gold. His exact route is unknown and certain landmarks mentioned by the scribe of the expedition remain unidentified.

De Soto’s success as a conquistador on Pizarro’s conquest of Peru in 1531 brought the support of Emperor Charles V of Spain in this expedition. In April, 1538, De Soto sailed for Cuba from San Lucar, Spain, with nine ships and 600 men. There he prepared for a year to invade the Florida mainland. Landing on the West Coast of Florida, perhaps at Tampa Bay, in May, 1539, the expedition followed a northerly course, wintered near Tallahassee, and then in March 1540, began an indefinite route across Georgia.

According to Dr. John R. Swanton, Chairman of the U.S. De Soto Expedition Commission, Alligator Spring, near Arlington, “has the best claims of existing springs to identification with the ‘White Spring’ (Fuente Blanca) at which Hernando de Soto and his army encamped on the night of March 17-18, 1540.” Crossing the Flint, Ocmulgee, Oconee, Ogeechee and Savannah Rivers in their search for Yupaha, a woman-ruled land of gold, De Soto and his men reached Cofitachiqui, an Indian town near the future site of Augusta
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By David Seibert, January 24, 2010
2. Hernando DeSoto in Georgia Marker
Looking northwest, with Mayfair Road in the background
in May, 1540.

Continuing his quest for gold, De Soto reached the Mississippi river where he died from fever in May, 1542.
 
Erected 1966 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 019-2.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 26.5′ N, 84° 43.717′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Georgia, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Morgan Road NW and Mayfair Road NW, on the right when traveling west on Morgan Road NW. Click for map. The marker is located at the Lora Turner Bostwick Park. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington GA 39813, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Calhoun County (approx. 10.1 miles away); Kolomoki Mounds State Park 4 mi. (approx. 12 miles away); Oakland High School (approx. 12.4 miles away); Vilulah Settlement (approx. 14.9 miles away); Centerville United Methodist Church (approx. 15.2 miles away).
 
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 . . .  De Soto
Hernando DeSoto in Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, January 24, 2010
3. Hernando DeSoto in Georgia Marker
Looking at the Lora Turner Bostwick Park, with the marker on the left on Morgan Road
. The New Georgia Encyclopedia article on De Soto. (Submitted on February 11, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
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