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Near Lee in Madison County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Peace Offering

Florida De Soto Trail

 

— September 23, 1539 —

 
Peace Offering Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
1. Peace Offering Marker
Inscription.  It’s September 23, 1539…
Conquistador Hernando de Soto and his men have reached a large river, the present-day Suwannee –

My nose is broken, and we are weary from battle. We will rest here for two days before crossing. Envoys of Chief Uzachile have brought us a peace offering of deer. My men and I will feast. We have named this great river El Rio de los Venado - The River of the Deer.

”The Governor and his army left from Napituca and arrived at the River of the Deer. This name was given to it because the Indian messengers from Uzachile brought there certain deer, since there are many good ones in the land. And in order to cross this river they made a bridge of three large pines in length and four in breadth.”
- Account by Rodrigo Rangel

The De Soto Chronicles

The Conquistador Trail
De Soto’s anger was legendary. His own men feared his hot temper. He often ordered the execution of those who failed in their responsibilities. In leaving the village of Uzachile, a young soldier named Cadena left the march to retrieve his forgotten sword. De Soto ordered
Marker detail: “Archaic Florida” by Dean Quigley image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: “Archaic Florida” by Dean Quigley
Deer meat was a prized gift amongst Native Americans. Chief Uzachile’s gift of venison to the Spanish was meant as a peace offering.
him whipped and hanged for desertion. Only appeals from De Soto’s captains and priests saved the young man’s life.

The Native Path
Most of Uzachile’s warriors were killed or captured during a failed attack on De Soto. Hoping to appease the conquistador’s anger, Uzachile sent gifts and offerings to the Spanish. Still fearful of retaliation, he deserted his village while De Soto’s army passed.
 
Erected by Florida De Soto Trail, Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Park Service, and the National Park Service. (Marker Number 26.)
 
Location. 30° 16.056′ N, 83° 14.69′ W. Marker is near Lee, Florida, in Madison County. Marker is on SE Boundary Bend Trail 2.8 miles east of County Road 255, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located within Florida's Twin Rivers State Forest, and within the Suwannee River flood plain. SE Boundary Bend Trail east from County Road 255 is an unimproved forest dirt road which might require four wheel drive and/or high clearance during wet weather conditions. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1415 SE Boundary Bend Trail, Lee FL 32059, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Drew Mansion Site / The Town of Ellaville (approx. 9.2 miles away); Steam Engine of the Florida Manufacturing Company
Marker detail: Hernando de Soto image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of De Soto National Memorial
3. Marker detail: Hernando de Soto
(approx. 16.7 miles away); The Ellaville Post Office (approx. 16.9 miles away); W.T. Davis Building (approx. 17.1 miles away); Dial-Goza House (approx. 17.2 miles away); St. Mary's Episcopal Church (approx. 17.3 miles away); The Wardlaw-Smith House (approx. 17.3 miles away); First Baptist Church 1898 Sanctuary (approx. 17.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large, composite plaque mounted vertically within a heavy-duty wooden kiosk.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Florida De Soto Trail
 
Also see . . .
1. Florida's De Soto Trail. Hernando de Soto landed at Tampa Bay in 1539 and made his way north in search of gold and riches. A controversial figure in American history, Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto is regarded as a hero and brave explorer by some — and an overzealous madman by others. The De Soto Trail shows him as a product of Medieval Europe, a brutal society forged over 780 years of warfare. It also tells the story of the Native American peoples of 16th-century Florida, a highly advanced collection of chiefdoms struggling against each other to gain dominance over their regions. (Submitted on November 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Peace Offering Marker - full panel in PDF format
Florida De Soto Trail Map (<i>panel to the left of marker in kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
4. Florida 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.
. (Submitted on November 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Florida's De Soto Trail map - full panel in PDF format. (Submitted on November 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
4. 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 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationNative AmericansNotable Events
 
Peace Offering Marker Kiosk (<i>marker panel is on right side of kiosk; map is on left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
5. Peace Offering Marker Kiosk (marker panel is on right side of kiosk; map is on left)
You are in Bear Country!
Peace Offering Marker Kiosk (<i>wide view; the Suwannee River is about 1/4 mile to the east</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 3, 2018
6. Peace Offering Marker Kiosk (wide view; the Suwannee River is about 1/4 mile to the east)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 7, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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