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Near Gulf Shores in Baldwin County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Indian Village Achuse

 
 
Indian Village Achuse Marker image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 19, 2013
1. Indian Village Achuse Marker
Inscription.
This Shell Banks Baptist Church rests near the location of the first Indian village in America visited by a white man. This was the Indian village of “Achuse” visited by Admiral Maldonado who was one of De Soto’s officers. He scouted the Florida and Alabama coast from Tampa Bay and entered the port of “Achuse” before De Soto started from Tampa Bay on the longest, strangest, boldest adventure in the history of the world. This was in 1539, 81 years before the Pilgrims kneeled at Plymouth Rock and 68 years before the colony landed at Jamestown. The name of this village, “Achuse” is shown at this location on the official map made by the U.S. De Soto Expedition Commission created by Congress in 1936. On an old crude Spanish map made of the Gulf Coast region in the 16th century, the Indian village of “Achuse” shows on this map near the same location, now occupied by the Shell Banks Baptist Church.

This Marker is presented by: Addison & Dorothy Mauldin and Milton & Ruth Ewing in Loving Memory of their parents, Charles & Sena Ewing. Written by Hatchett Chandler, December 23, 1966.
 
Erected 1966.
 
Location. 30° 15.104′ N, 87° 48.938′ W. Marker
Indian Village Achuse Marker (East) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 19, 2013
2. Indian Village Achuse Marker (East)
is near Gulf Shores, Alabama, in Baldwin County. Marker is on Alabama Route 180 east of Gasque Lane, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12125 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores AL 36542, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vicinity of Salt Works and Camp Anderson (approx. 5.8 miles away); Gulf Shores Community (approx. 7.5 miles away); Magnolia Springs, Alabama (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Springs (approx. 10.8 miles away); Battery Dearborn (1900-1924) (approx. 11.8 miles away); Peace Magazine (1902-1924) (approx. 12 miles away); "Damn The Torpedoes!" The Campaigns for Mobile, 1864 - 1865 (approx. 12 miles away); Officer’s Row (approx. 12.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Gulf Shores.
 
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Indian Village Achuse Marker (West) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 19, 2013
3. Indian Village Achuse Marker (West)
Shell Banks Baptist Church Located On The Site Of The Indian Village Achuse image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, June 19, 2013
4. Shell Banks Baptist Church Located On The Site Of The Indian Village Achuse
 
 
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