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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Features

Landing Event

De Soto 76th Annual Landing Event

Be here as De Soto lands and claims Florida. Learn the unique history of the Native Americans and Europeans. Saturday, April 18th at 10 am and 1 pm

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Ranger Led Kayak Tours

Ranger Led Kayak Tours

Saturday & Sundays May 9 through November 1. Come out and experience the park in a different way. We supply all equipment RSVP at 941-792-0458 Free!

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DESO YAC

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.

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Social Media

New Social Media Sites

Come and get the newest up to date information from De Soto National Memorial's Social Media sites.

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