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.
Nature & Science
De Soto National Memorial is comprised of approximately 26 acres in Manatee County on the west coast of central Florida. Situated on a spit of land at the mouth of the Manatee River at its confluence with Tampa Bay, the park has over 3000 feet of shoreline. Roughly 80% of the park is mangrove swamp with the remainder consisting of pine flatlands and mixed hardwoods, remnant shell ridges, and deposited dredge material from the adjacent Manatee River.
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...