De Soto in Georgia historical marker

Collection:
Georgia Historical Markers
Title:
De Soto in Georgia historical marker
Creator:
Seibert, David
Date of Original:
1996/2014
Subject:
Historical markers--Georgia--Richmond County
America--Discovery and exploration--Spanish
Location:
United States, Georgia, Richmond County, Augusta, 33.47097, -81.97484
Medium:
photographs
Type:
StillImage
Format:
image/jpeg
Description:
Location: Riverwalk along the Savannah River near 8th St. in Augusta
Text of marker: "DE SOTO IN GEORGIA. In May 1539 Hernando de Soto landed in Florida with over 600 people, 220 horses and mules, and a herd of swine reserved for famine. Fired by his success in Pizarro's conquest of Peru, De Soto had been granted the rights, by the King of Spain, to explore, then govern, southeastern North America. After wintering in Tallahassee, the De Soto expedition set out on a quest for gold which eventually spanned four years and crossed portions of nine states. This was the first recorded European exploration of the interior of the Southeast. Over 300 members died on the expedition, including De Soto in 1542. This tremendous effort forever changed the lives of the Indians who were infected with old world diseases, killed in battle, enslaved, made destitute and sometimes befriended. Many scholars believe that the De Soto expedition crossed the Savannah River in this general area, April 17, 1540. The Spanish crossed the swift river where it was divided by an island and moved into South Carolina. Forty foot soldiers tied themselves together and crossed safely in water that reached up to the saddlebags of the cavalry's horses. 121-50 GEORGIA HISTORIC MARKER 1990"
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_ghm_de-soto-in-georgia1
Digital Object URL:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/do:dlg_ghm_de-soto-in-georgia1
Rights Holder:
Copyright held by David Seibert. Please contact markers@davidseibert.com about commercial reproduction and use
Holding Institution:
Digital Library of Georgia
Rights:

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