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Albany in Dougherty County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

De Soto in Georgia

 
 
De Soto in Georgia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 5, 2018
1. De Soto in Georgia Marker
Inscription. 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 this was the general area where De Soto spent March 5-10, 1540 after crossing the Capachequi River, probably the Flint. The party cut trees, sawed boards, built a barge and crossed the river with the aid of a rope. From here the expedition traveled northward to the Chiefdom of Toa on the same river.
 
Erected 1990 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 047-5.)
 
Location. 31° 34.903′ N, 84° 9.021′ 
De Soto in Georgia Marker next to South Georgia Archives building. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 5, 2018
2. De Soto in Georgia Marker next to South Georgia Archives building.
W. Marker is in Albany, Georgia, in Dougherty County. Marker is on West Roosevelt Avenue east of North Washington Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the South Georgia Archives at the Thronateeska Heritage Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Roosevelt Avenue, Albany GA 31701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dougherty County (approx. ¼ mile away); Colonel Nelson Tift (approx. ¼ mile away); Freedom Alley and City Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Bridge House (approx. 0.3 miles away); C.B. (Chevene Bowers) King (approx. 0.3 miles away); Albany Lights (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ray Charles (approx. 0.4 miles away); Albany’s First Brick House (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
Also see . . .  The New Georgia Encyclopedia - Hernando de Soto in Georgia. (Submitted on May 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansWaterways & Vessels
 
Hernando de Soto (c. 1495 – May 21, 1542) image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
3. Hernando de Soto (c. 1495 – May 21, 1542)
Engraved prior to 1858
Marker can be seen above white car next to a newer part of the Thronateeska Heritage Center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 5, 2018
4. Marker can be seen above white car next to a newer part of the Thronateeska Heritage Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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