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Dade City in Pasco County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

As Good as Gold

Florida De Soto Trail

— July 19, 1539 —

 
 
Good as Gold Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
1. Good as Gold Marker
Inscription.  It’s July 19, 1539…
Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s army has turned northward –
We have found several Indian villages in this area. Many are abandoned but stocked full of harvested corn.

”The next day they came to the savannah of Guacoco, and the soldiers went into the cornfields and brought green corn, with which they were very happy, because it was the first that they saw in that land.”
- Account by Rodrigo Rangel

The De Soto Chronicles

The Native Path
The principal crops of the Indians of Central Florida were corn, beans, and squash The seeds from these three plants could be planted in the same hole, and as they grew they would support each other. Of these three, corn was the most important. Festivals would be held throughout the Southeast to honor the corn harvest.

The Conquistador Trail
While on expedition, Spanish armies lived off the land. It was nearly impossible to carry enough supplies to feed them all. Many times, food was more valuable than gold.
 
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Department of Transportation, the Florida Park Service, and the National Park Service. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureColonial EraExplorationNative Americans. A significant historical date for this entry is July 19, 1539.
 
Location. 28° 21.359′ N, 82° 11.277′ W. Marker is in Dade City, Florida, in Pasco County. Marker is at the intersection of Bougainvillea Avenue and 7th Street (U.S. 98), on the left when traveling west on Bougainvillea Avenue. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the northwest corner of Dade City's Hibiscus Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dade City FL 33525, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Former St. Rita's Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dade City Woman’s Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pasco County Courthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pasco County (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pasco County World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Dade City Atlantic Coast Line Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Atlantic Coast Line Depot (approx. 0.6 miles away); Price Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dade City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, composite plaque mounted vertically within a heavy-duty
Marker detail: Florida Indian crops consisted of corn, called maize, beans and squash image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ray Andersen, Wilderness Graphics, Inc.
2. Marker detail: Florida Indian crops consisted of corn, called maize, beans and squash
Corn grown by the Apalachee was approximately half the size of corn grown in the U.S. today.
wooden kiosk
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Florida De Soto Trail
 
Also see . . .  De Soto’s Expedition to North America. In 1536, de Soto obtained a royal commission to conquer and settle the region known as La Florida (now the southeastern United States), which had been the site of earlier explorations by Juan Ponce de León and others. De Soto set out from Spain in April 1538, set with 10 ships and 700 men. After a stop in Cuba, the expedition landed at Tampa Bay in May 1539. They moved inland and eventually set up camp for the winter at a small Indian village near present-day Tallahassee. (Submitted on November 4, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Marker detail: Slave labor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Florida Center for Instructional Technology, USF
3. Marker detail: Slave labor
Hernando de Soto’s army enslaved hundreds of Indians to carry provisions, materials, and equipment needed by the expedition. Indians were forced to carry chests, cannons, and many other items while captive under De Soto.
De Soto Trail Map (<i>panel to the left of marker in kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
4. De Soto Trail Map (panel to the left of marker in kiosk)
De Soto Trail
1539-1540
You are standing along the historic route of the conquistador Hernando de Soto and his expedition through the Florida Native American territories in his quest for gold and glory.
Good as Gold Marker Kiosk (<i>marker panel is on right side of kiosk; map is on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
5. Good as Gold Marker Kiosk (marker panel is on right side of kiosk; map is on left)
Good as Gold Marker Kiosk (<i>wide view; 7th Street/US Highway 98 visible in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 1, 2018
6. Good as Gold Marker Kiosk (wide view; 7th Street/US Highway 98 visible in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 489 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1. submitted on November 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on November 1, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   5, 6. submitted on November 2, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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