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.Read More
Ranger Led Kayak Tours
Saturday & Sundays April 27 through October 20. Come out and experience the park in a diffrent way. We supply all equipment RSVP at 941-792-0458 Free!Read More
De Soto Youth Advisory Council
De Soto's YAC is a opportunity for area High School Students to shape the future of their National Parks. Join now and earn valuable experience.Read More
New Social Media Sites
Come and get the newest up to date information from De Soto National Memorial's Social Media sites.Read More
Did You Know?
The men of Hernando de Soto's 1539 expedition to La Florida learned the hard way that Native American warriors could load and fire their long bows with deadly accuracy nearly a dozen times in the period required to load and fire the clumsy arquebus musket once. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...