Hernando de Soto

Hernando de Soto (HM1LEK)

Location: New Houlka, MS 38850 Chickasaw County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 2.406', W 88° 52.951'

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Somewhere in this vicinity, the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto crossed the animal paths that later became the Natchez Trace. In 1539, he set out on a long arduous journey that took him across the Southeastern United States. He crossed the Tombigbee River, east of here, in December 1540, and spent the ensuing winter among the nearby Chickasaw Indians. After a dispute with the Indians, de Soto and his army moved westward. He is credited with discovering the Mississippi River south of Memphis, Tennessee, in June 1541.
Series This marker is part of the Natchez Trace series
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 326223 N 3768200
Decimal Degrees34.04010000, -88.88251667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 2.406', W 88° 52.951'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 2' 24.36" N, 88° 52' 57.06" W
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Area Code(s)662
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Natchez Trace Pkwy, New Houlka MS 38850, US
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