De Soto in Georgia

De Soto in Georgia (HMI4I)

Location: Milledgeville, GA 31061 Baldwin County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 4.84', W 83° 13.754'

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In May 1539 Hernando de Soto landed in Florida with over 600 people, 220 horses and mules, and a herd reserved for famine. Fired by his success inPizarro'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 that this was the general area where the De Soto expedition visited April 3-8, 1540. The Indians of the Chiefdom of Altamaha ferried the Spanish across a large river in dugout canoes. The expedition next traveled northeastward and visited thetown of the paramount chief, Ocute.
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HM NumberHMI4I
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number005-30
Year Placed1990
Placed ByGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 9:34am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 291922 N 3662439
Decimal Degrees33.08066667, -83.22923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 4.84', W 83° 13.754'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 4' 50.40" N, 83° 13' 45.24" W
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Area Code(s)478, 706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 W Hancock St, Milledgeville GA 31061, US
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