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
Living History At Camp Uzita
Join us at Camp Uzita our Sixteenth Century encampment from Dec. 7 through Apr 19 everyday from 10-3. Programs and demonstrations on every hour.Read More
5th Annual Winter Luminary
5th Annual Luminary, December 21st from 6 to 8pm. Park's trails lit with thousands of luminaries. Featured musical acts along the trail.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?
Hernando de Soto invested all he had in his 1539 expedition to Florida that ultimately covered 4,000 miles of what is now the Southeastern United States. During the four year expedition he found no rich empire to conquer, but he lost both his fortune and his life. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...