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Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Under Cover of Corn

Florida De Soto Trail

 

—October 5, 1539 —

 
Under Cover of Corn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 14, 2018
1. Under Cover of Corn Marker
Inscription.  It’s October 5, 1539
Hernando de Soto’s army has reached the nearby village of Calahuchi -

We passed through fertile lands covered in large fields of corn - maize. While we marched, Apalachee warriors moved through the fields, attacking us at random. Exhausted, we stopped and camped in an abandoned village.

”They went to Calahuchi, and they took two Indian men, an Indian woman and jerk venison in great quantity, and there the guide who led them fled.”
- Account by Rodrigo Rangel

The De Soto Chronicles

The Native Path
The Apalachee were skilled farmers. Crops were essential to maintain their large chiefdom. Land was cleared with fire, leaving behind nitrogen-rich soil for planting. Today, many indigenous peoples still use this slash and burn method of agriculture.

The Conquistador Trail
Indian slaves were essential to De Soto’s expedition as there were not enough men to carry the tons of supplies. Enslaving the native peoples was acceptable to the Spanish since they believed the Indians were inferior.
 
Erected by
Marker detail: ”North Florida Native American Village” by John White (1885) image. Click for full size.
Courtesy Trustees of the British Museum
2. Marker detail: ”North Florida Native American Village” by John White (1885)
Florida De Soto Trail, Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Park Service, and the National Park Service. (Marker Number 28.)
 
Location. 30° 26.393′ N, 84° 11.531′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker can be reached from Heritage Park Boulevard east of Parkview Drive when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located within Tallahassee's Lafayette Heritage Trail Park, inside the park loop near the main parking lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4900 Heritage Park Boulevard, Tallahassee FL 32311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The "Luraville Locomotive" (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Luraville Locomotive (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Mission Of San Pedro y San Pablo de Patale (approx. 3.1 miles away); Goodwood (approx. 4.1 miles away); Goodwood Mansion (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Tallahassee Democrat (approx. 4.2 miles away); Chaires Historic District (approx. 4.2 miles away); Old Fort Park (approx. 4½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
 
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
Marker detail: Apalachee Indians practicing slash and burn agriculture image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Auburn University, Longleaf Alliance
3. Marker detail: Apalachee Indians practicing slash and burn agriculture
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 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Under Cover of Corn Marker - full panel in PDF format. (Submitted on November 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Florida's De Soto Trail map - full panel in PDF format. (Submitted on November 17, 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
Marker detail: Native hoe made from a deer shoulder blade image. Click for full size.
By Robin Brown, Florida’s First People
4. Marker detail: Native hoe made from a deer shoulder blade
near present-day Tallahassee. (Submitted on November 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationNative AmericansNotable Events
 
Marker detail: Supplies, such as these, were carried on the expedition image. Click for full size.
Courtesy De Soto National Memorial
5. Marker detail: Supplies, such as these, were carried on the expedition
Florida De Soto Trail Map (<i>panel to the left of marker in kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 14, 2018
6. 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.
Under Cover of Corn Marker Kiosk (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 14, 2018
7. Under Cover of Corn Marker Kiosk (wide view)
Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Sign (<i>turn off Heritage Park Boulevard here to access marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, November 14, 2018
8. Lafayette Heritage Trail Park Sign (turn off Heritage Park Boulevard here to access marker)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on November 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4, 5. submitted on December 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   6, 7. submitted on November 17, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   8. submitted on December 28, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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