De Soto National Memorial
Created in 1948, the park's mission is to commemorate the 1539 expedition of the Spanish Conquistador Hernando
de Soto and his impact on the American Indian societies of the Southeast. The park is open year round and offers
many seasonal activities. The highlight of the parks activities include living history programs and demonstrations
at Camp Uzita, a recreation of a 16th Century native village. During the summer the park operates guided
kayak tours in the surrounding water and bays. Park Rangers and staff are on hand to assist visitors in their
understanding of this important and controversial historical event.
Last updated: February 23, 2022