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Decatur County Historical Markers

De Soto Trail


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: De Soto Trail
  • Location: U.S. 27 two miles north of Bainbridge

DE SOTO TRAIL

1540

In this neighborhood Hernando de Soto and his army discovered the inland waters of the Flint river (“the River of Capachequi”) on Friday, March 5, 1540. Leaving the vicinity of the present Tallahassee, Florida, the Spaniards marched northwest, spent the first night by the Ochlockonee River (“the Guacuca”), and reached the Flint two days later at or near the present Bainbridge, where they constructed a barge or “piragua” in which to cross.

DE SOTO QUADRI-CENTENNIAL - 1940

[U.S. Works Progress Administration Marker]