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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

De Soto Winter Encampment Site 1539~1540

 
 
De Soto Winter Encampment Site 1539-1540 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
1. De Soto Winter Encampment Site 1539-1540 Marker
Inscription. In 1539, a Spanish expeditionary force led by Hernando De Soto landed in the Tampa Bay area. Nearly 600 heavily armed adventurers traveled more than 4000 miles from Florida to Mexico intending to explore and control the Southeast of North America. The route of de Soto has always been uncertain, including the location of the village of Anhaica, the first winter encampment. The place was thought to be in the vicinity of present day Tallahassee, but no physical evidence had ever been found. Calvin Jones’ chance discovery of 16th century Spanish artifacts in 1987 settled the argument. Jones, a state archaeologist, led a team of amateurs and professionals in an excavation which recovered more than 40,000 artifacts. The evidence includes links of chain mail armor, copper coins, the iron tip of a crossbow bolt, Spanish olive jar shards, and glass trade beads. The team also found the jaw bone of a pig. Pigs were not native to the New World and historical documents confirm that the expedition brought swine. These finds provided the physical evidence the 1539-40 winter encampment, the first confirmed de Soto site in North America. From this location, the de Soto expedition traveled northward and westward making the first European contact with many native societies. Within two centuries, most of the southeastern native cultures were greatly diminished
De Soto's Christmas in Tallahassee Panel image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
2. De Soto's Christmas in Tallahassee Panel
by the affects of European contact and settlement.
Florida Heritage Landmark

 
Erected 1998 by the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-395.)
 
Location. 30° 26.169′ N, 84° 16.12′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on Desoto Park Drive 0.1 miles south of East Lafayette Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Desoto Park Drive, Tallahassee FL 32301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor John W. Martin House (a few steps from this marker); Old Fort Park (approx. half a mile away); John Gilmore Riley House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Union Bank of Florida (approx. 0.7 miles away); Leon High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Capt. John Parkhill (approx. ¾ mile away); The Knott House (approx. ¾ mile away); Leon County Civil War Monument (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
Regarding De Soto Winter Encampment Site 1539~1540. Marker is part of the Florida de Soto Site Historic State Park, located in Tallahassee, Florida. It consists of 5 acres of land near Apalachee Parkway including the residence of
Wide view of marker and nearby Governor John W. Martin House image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
3. Wide view of marker and nearby Governor John W. Martin House
former Governor John W. Martin. The site is intended to initiate research and education on nearly four centuries of recorded history beginning with Hernando de Soto's use of the site as a winter encampment in 1539.
 
Also see . . .
1. Hernando de Soto 1539–1540 Winter Encampment at Anhaica Apalachee. From Florida Division of Historical Resources (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 

2. DeSoto Winter Encampment - Tallahassee, Florida. From Explore Southern History (Submitted on December 9, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. ExplorationLandmarksNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Hernando de Soto image. Click for full size.
By Public domain photo
4. Hernando de Soto
Lived from October 21, 1496 to May 21, 1542 and was a Spanish explorer and conquistador who led the first European expedition deep into the territory of the modern-day United States (Florida, Georgia, Alabama and most likely Arkansas), and the first documented European to have crossed the Mississippi River.
De Soto Expeditions & Trails image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 6, 2014
5. De Soto Expeditions & Trails
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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