De Soto in Georgia

De Soto in Georgia (HM27E3)

Location: Albany, GA 31701 Dougherty County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 34.903', W 84° 9.021'

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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.
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HM NumberHM27E3
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Year Placed1990
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Date Added Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 770430 N 3497597
Decimal Degrees31.58171667, -84.15035000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 34.903', W 84° 9.021'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 34' 54.18" N, 84° 9' 1.26" W
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Area Code(s)229
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 122 W Roosevelt Ave, Albany GA 31701, US
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