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De Soto

National Memorial - Florida

De Soto National Memorial, in Manatee County 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States. The memorial includes 26 acres (11 ha), where the Manatee River joins Tampa Bay. It has 3,000 feet (910 m) of coastline; eighty percent of the area is mangrove swamp.

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Official visitor map of De Soto National Memorial (NMEM) in Florida. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).De Soto - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of De Soto National Memorial (NMEM) in Florida. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units

Map of the U.S. National Park System. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Park Units and Regions

Map of the U.S. National Park System with Unified Regions. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).National Park System - National Heritage Areas

Map of the U.S. National Heritage Areas. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

https://www.nps.gov/deso/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Soto_National_Memorial De Soto National Memorial, in Manatee County 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando de Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States. The memorial includes 26 acres (11 ha), where the Manatee River joins Tampa Bay. It has 3,000 feet (910 m) of coastline; eighty percent of the area is mangrove swamp. In May 1539, Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s army of soldiers, hired mercenaries, craftsmen, and clergy made landfall in Tampa Bay. They were met with fierce resistance of indigenous people protecting their homelands. De Soto’s quest for glory and gold would be a four year, four thousand mile odyssey of intrigue, warfare, disease, and discovery that would form the history of the United States. Driving Directions: From I-75 Take exit 220 SR 64/Manatee Ave, Gulf Beaches exit. Travel west on SR 64 for approximately 12 miles to 75th St. W. Turn right onto 75th St. W. travel north approximately 2 miles to the northern terminus 75th St. W. turns into De Soto Memorial Hwy and dead ends into the park. De Soto National Memorial Visitor Center The De Soto National Visitor Center shows the park's movie Hernando de Soto in America throughout the day. Visitors can receive information such as program and tour times and signups, trail maps, brochures, and the parks Junior Ranger Activity Book. Driving Directions: From I-75 Take exit 220 SR 64/Manatee Ave, Gulf Beaches exit. Travel west on SR 64 for approximately 12 miles to 75th St. W. Turn right onto 75th St. W. travel north approximately 2 miles to the northern terminus 75th St. W. turns into De Soto Memorial Hwy and dead ends into the park. De Soto Monument Reenactor Bill Boston on his horse Dixie in front of the De Soto Monument. Reenactor Bill Boston on his horse Dixie in front of the De Soto Monument. De Soto and the Junior Ranger De Soto Tim Burke greets on of the parks Junior Rangers De Soto Tim Burke greets on of the parks Junior Rangers Sunset at De Soto Sunset at the Park The Sunsets on another day at De Soto NM De Soto Ranchero Fish Camps Rangers lead visitors on a unique park fishing experience Superintendent Souder helps a young fisherman show off his catch at the De Soto Ranchero Fish Camp De Soto Ranchero Fish Camps Rangers lead visitors on a unique park fishing experience Superintendent Souder helps a young fisherman show off his catch at the De Soto Ranchero Fish Camp

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