Rome in Floyd 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 De Soto visited this general area on August 31, 1540. He visited several towns on a large river, probably the Coosa, traveling westward and left Georgia about September 5, 1540.
Erected 1990 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 057-16.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 34° 15.708′ N, 85° Touch for map. In the visitor center lot. Marker is in this post office area: Rome GA 30161, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Federal Occupation of Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); French’s Div. at Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); Davis’ March to Rome (within shouting distance of this marker); Floyd County (approx. half a mile away); Opera Alley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (approx. one mile away); Georgia’s Paul Revere (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chieftains (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rome.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Categories. • Exploration • Native Americans • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2009, by Ken Moser of Cartersville, Georgia. This page has been viewed 996 times since then. Last updated on May 8, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos: 1. submitted on October 17, 2009, by Ken Moser of Cartersville, Georgia. 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 8, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.