• De Soto Landing

    De Soto

    National Memorial Florida

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  • De Soto Landing Date Has Been Changed to Saturday April 19th

    The Date for the De soto Landing Event on the parks Calendar of Events is wrong. It is listed as April 20th. The event has moved to Saturday April 19th as originally planned. The times of the landing remain the same at 10am and 1pm.

Stories

Stories of the De Soto Expedition

Accounts of the De Soto Expedition and observations of the Native Americans they met are contained in several books that can be downloaded by clicking on the title:

Recommended secondary works include:

  • De Soto, Coronado, Cabrillo: Explorers of the Northern Mystery by David Lavender (1992).


  • Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms by Charles Hudson (1997).


  • Hernando de Soto: A Savage Quest in the Americas by David Duncan (1997).


  • Hernando de Soto and the Indians of Florida by Jerald Milanich and Charles Hudson (1993).


  • Hernando de Soto Among the Apalachee: The Archaeology of the First Winter Encampment by Charles Ewen and John Hann (1998).


To order these books online, click here.





























Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The crossbow was such a fearsome weapon that in 1139 Pope Innocent II outlawed its use among Christians. However, no restriction was placed on its use against non-Christians, including the Native Americans that Hernando de Soto met on his 1539 Expedition to Florida. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...