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This Day in Georgia History

May 30, 1539

De Soto Expedition Landed in Florida

Likely at Tampa Bay on Florida’s western coast, Hernando de Soto’s expedition landed for what would be a four-year exploration across the Southeast. Included in the expedition were approximately 600 foot and mounted soldiers, four priests, four friars, four women, an unknown number of Africans, some woodworkers (for building bridges and boats), swine herders, adventurers, dog handlers, and a pack of large fighting dogs.