Augusta in Richmond County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
De Soto In Georgia
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 crossed the Savannah River in this general area, April 17, 1540. The Spanish crossed the swift river where it was divided by an island and moved into South Carolina. Forty foot soldiers tied themselves together and crossed safely in water that reached up to the saddlebags of the cavalry`s horses.
Erected 1990 by Georgia Historic Marker. (Marker Number 121-50.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission
Location. 33° 28.706′ N, 81° 57.847′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Georgia, in Richmond County. Marker is on Riverwalk (river side) near 8th Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta GA 30901, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Great Indian Warrior / Trading Path (a few steps from this marker); Founding of Augusta (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bartram Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); A Memorial To Eli Whitney (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jessye Norman (about 600 feet away); Augusta Cotton Exchange (about 600 feet away); The Mayham Tower (about 700 feet away); Original Augusta Common - 1736 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The De Soto Trail in Georgia
Also see . . .
1. Hernando de Soto in Georgia. De Soto passed through Georgia twice during his famous exploration. (Submitted on August 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. De Soto's Georgia Trails. This site shows sites along the explorer's trail and overlays the route on modern highway maps. (Submitted on August 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Exploration •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,804 times since then. Last updated on February 8, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 3, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.