De Soto Trail

De Soto Trail (HMQTT)

Location: Abbeville, GA 31001 Wilcox County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 59.551', W 83° 18.406'

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Hernando de Soto discovered Ocmulgee River at or near Abbeville on April 3, 1540. "Here," says the chronicler Biedma, "we found a river that had a course not southwardly, like the rest we had passed, but eastward to the sea." Next day the Altamaha Indians "brought many canoes and the army crossed very comfortably" to their principal town where they met its chief Camumo and the great chief of Ocute from the river above, and here they created a second wooden cross.

De Soto Quadri-Centennial-1940
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series.
Marker Number11 H-5
Year Placed1940
Placed ByWorks Progress Administration (WPA)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 1:53am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 282069 N 3541931
Decimal Degrees31.99251667, -83.30676667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 59.551', W 83° 18.406'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 59' 33.06" N, 83° 18' 24.36" W
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Area Code(s)229
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 N Broad St, Abbeville GA 31001, US
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