• De Soto Landing

    De Soto

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An Epic Journey into the New World

In May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s army of soldiers, hired mercenaries, craftsmen and clergy made landfall in Tampa Bay. They were met with fierce resistance of indigenous people protecting their homelands. De Soto’s quest for glory and gold would be a four year, four thousand mile odyssey of intrigue, warfare, disease, and discovery that would form the history of the United States.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Tourists visiting De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, Florida, sent the leaves of the sea grape through the mail as postcards until the U.S. Post Office stopped delivering them in the 1970s. The sea grape leaf was used as writing paper by explorers and early settlers. More...