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Rome in Floyd County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

De Soto In Georgia

 
 
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By Ken Moser, July 19, 2008
1. De Soto 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 De Soto visited this general area on August 31, 1540. He visited several towns on a large river, probably the Coosa, traveling westward and left Georgia about September 5, 1540.
 
Erected 1990 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 057-16.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 34° 15.708′ N, 85° 
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By David Seibert, April 1991
2. De Soto In Georgia Marker
The marker, shortly after it was erected in 1990. (The Boswell Cabin, c.1850, is in the background.
9.98′ W. Marker is in Rome, Georgia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Reservoir Street near U.S. 27. Click for map. In the visitor center lot. Marker is in this post office area: Rome GA 30161, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Federal Occupation of Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); French’s Div. at Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); Davis’ March to Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); Floyd County (approx. half a mile away); Opera Alley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (approx. one mile away); Georgia’s Paul Revere (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chieftains (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
 
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
 
De Soto In Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2010
3. De Soto In Georgia Marker
The same view almost 20 years later
The Boswell Cabin image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 7, 2010
4. The Boswell Cabin
The Boswell Cabin, owned by early Floyd County settlers, was moved to the Rome Welcome Center, and the Desoto in Georgia marker was erected in front of it.
 
 
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