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


Upcoming Events

All of the up and coming events at De Soto National Memorial

The 13 Ghosts of Desoween

Desoween VIII: The 13 Ghosts Desoween

Desoween VIII will be upon us soon! Are you brave enough to enter the woods, and brave the 13 Ghosts of Desoween?

Things to Do

Things to Do

The different recreational activities at De Soto National Memorial

Living History at Camp Uzita

Living History At Camp Uzita

From December to April history comes alive at camp Uzita. Daily programs features demonstrations and programs from 10-3.

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Bradenton, FL 34280


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