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Near Chatsworth in Murray County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

De Soto in Georgia

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Photographed By David Seibert, February 19, 2005
1. DeSoto in Georgia Marker
In May 1539 Hernando de Soto landed in Florida with over 600 people, 220 horses and mules, and a herd of swine reserved for famine. Fired by his success in Pizarro's conquest of Peru, De Soto had been granted the rights, by the King of Spain, to explore, then govern, southeastern North America.

After wintering in Tallahassee, the De Soto expedition set out on a quest for gold which eventually spanned four years and crossed portions of nine states. This was the first recorded European exploration of the interior of the Southeast. Over 300 members died on the expedition, including De Soto in 1542. This tremendous effort forever changed the lives of the Indians who were infected with old world diseases, killed in battle, enslaved, made destitute and sometimes befriended.

Many scholars believe that the De Soto expedition entered Georgia north of here and reached the central town of the Chiefdom of Coosa, July 16, 1540. The Spanish spent over a month a rich fortified town between the two streams. Spanish accounts from the De Soto and Tristan de Luna expeditions, and 16th century Spanish artifacts indicate this was the location
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of Coosa.
Erected 1990 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 105-12.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1539.
Location. 34° 36.678′ N, 84° 40.031′ W. Marker is near Chatsworth, Georgia, in Murray County. Marker is on Carter, 2½ miles north of Georgia Route 136, on the right. The marker is located in the parking lot at the end of Carter's Dam Road in Carter's Lake State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chatsworth GA 30705, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Federal Road (approx. 2.2 miles away); Fort Gilmer (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Zell Miller Mountain Parkway (approx. 9.8 miles away); Old Holly Creek P.O. (approx. 9.9 miles away); Field's Mill & Ferry (approx. 10 miles away); Site of Carmel (Taloney) Mission Station (approx. 10.4 miles away); McClure’s Ferry (approx. 11.4 miles away); Cohutta-Chattahoochee Scenic Byway (approx. 11.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatsworth.
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Also see . . .  Hernando de Soto in Georgia. New Georgia Encyclopedia entry (Submitted on June 30, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,564 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on February 8, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photo   1. submitted on September 18, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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