Topic ID #21448 - posted 7/12/2012 2:37 PM

Archaeologist finds evidence of De Soto trail through Central Florida



Jennifer Palmer

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Archaeologist's find could rewrite history books
By Fred Hiers Halifax Media Group
Published: Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 12:30 a.m. Last Modified: Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:32 p.m.

Ever since De Soto's 600 men set foot on the shores of Tampa Bay, arriving from Cuba almost 500 years ago, historians have debated the exact direction of his failed treasure-hunting expeditions as far north as Tennessee and North Carolina.

But in central Florida's Marion County, an archaeologist has found what his contemporaries deem rarer than the gold De Soto was seeking – physical evidence of the explorer's precise journey through Marion County and enough information to redraw Florida De Soto maps and fuel many more archaeological digs based on his findings.


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