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Clarkesville in Habersham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

De Soto

De Soto Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2021
1. De Soto Marker
with 500 Spanish and Portugese soldiers
with 200 Cherokee burden bearers
passed here
about May 30th 1540
twenty six years before
the founding of
St. Augustine

Erected 1928 by Tomochichi Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 30, 1540.
Location. 34° 36.969′ N, 83° 31.639′ W. Marker is in Clarkesville, Georgia, in Habersham County. Marker is at the intersection of Grant Street (Old U.S. 441) and Washington Street, on the left when traveling east on Grant Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, at the northeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 Grant Street, Clarkesville GA 30523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clarkesville War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker);
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Habersham County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grace Protestant Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toombs-Bleckley House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Living & Learning In The Mountains (approx. 1.6 miles away); Summer Home of Joseph Habersham (approx. 2.1 miles away); Habersham Iron Works & Mfg. Co. (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Unicoi Turnpike (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarkesville.
Also see . . .
1. Hernando de Soto. Wikipedia entry:
De Soto's North American expedition was a vast undertaking. It ranged throughout what is now the southeastern United States, both searching for gold, which had been reported by various Native American tribes and earlier coastal explorers, and for a passage to China or the Pacific coast. (Submitted on May 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Hernando de Soto in Georgia. New Georgia Encyclopedia entry:
The first European to explore the interior of what is now the state of Georgia was Hernando de Soto. In fact, De Soto entered the state on two occasions during the course of his expedition. (Submitted on May 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
De Soto marker site image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, May 11, 2021
2. De Soto marker site
"Hernando De Soto in Clarkesville, Georgia"
De Soto was definitely in Georgia, but did he pass through Clarkesville, Georgia? There is a marker near the Courthouse in Clarkesville that so states.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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