• De Soto Landing

    De Soto

    National Memorial Florida

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  • 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.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The size and speed of the horse was one of the primary advantages the Spanish conquistadors had over Native Americans. An accomplished cavalryman, Hernando de Soto brought over 200 horses as part of his 1539 conquest of La Florida. To Learn more, visit De Soto National Memorial, Bradenton, Florida. More...