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 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...