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.
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
Did You Know?
Hernando de Soto died on May 21, 1542, three years after his conquest of La Florida began. His men buried him in the Mississippi River so that Native Americans would not know that he was not the immortal god he claimed to be. His remains have never been found. Visit De Soto National Memorial. More...