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Pensacola in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

De Soto Trail / A Port with Promise

1539-1540

 
 
De Soto Trail / A Port with Promise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 29, 2015
1. De Soto Trail / A Port with Promise Marker
Inscription. 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.

A Port With Promise
It's December 28, 1539...
Sailing from De Soto's winter camp near present-day Tallahassee, Captain Francisco Maldonado has just completed scouting this western coastline. He was sent in search of a suitable harbor to establish a port for supply ships from Cuba-

I found an Indian village called Achuse in a large bay by the sea, where I stopped and traded. I captured one Indian trader and plan to take him back to our winter encampment at the Apalachee village of Anhayca. There, he will be presented to Hernando de Soto for interrogation.

The Conquistador Trail
Twenty years after De Soto's expedition, Spanish conquistador Tristan de Luna tried to establish a colony along the coast. Accompanying him were several survivors of De Soto's expedition, who helped with navigation and information about the Indian chiefdoms. Shortly after their arrival, a hurricane hit and sank most of their ships, causing the colony to fail.

The Native Path
The people of Achuse lived along the border of the greater Apalachee chiefdom. They traded fish and other food
De Soto Trail / A Port with Promise Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 29, 2015
2. De Soto Trail / A Port with Promise Marker
with the Apalachee Indians for corn, beans, and squash. This way of life changed drastically in the 16th century. One Spanish explorer after another attempted to establish colonies in present day Pensacola Bay — disrupting trade, spreading disease, and interfering in tribal alliances.

"Francisco Maldonado, a nobleman from Salamanca, went in the brigantines cruising the coast and entering all the coves and inlets and rivers that he saw until he arrived at a river he found had a good entrance, and a good port and a town of Indians on the seacoast."
- Account by Luis Hernandez de Biedma
The De Soto Chronicles
 
Erected by Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Park Service and the National Park Service.
 
Location. 30° 24.483′ N, 87° 12.582′ W. Marker is in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Main Street (County Road 196) and South Alcaniz Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in William Bartram Memorial Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 Bayfront Pkwy, Pensacola FL 32502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Bartram Trail (a few steps from this marker); Mooring Anchor
Tristan de Luna's historic landing at Pensacola Bay image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 29, 2015
3. Tristan de Luna's historic landing at Pensacola Bay
(within shouting distance of this marker); Piers, Ports and Wharves: A Look At Pensacola's Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Firefighter Vista S. Lowe (about 400 feet away); Christ Church (about 400 feet away); John Wesley Hardin (about 700 feet away); Original Site of First Baptist Church (about 800 feet away); The Commanding Officer's Compound (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola.
 
Also see . . .  De Soto Trail. (Submitted on December 1, 2015.)
 
Categories. ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 30, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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