Historic Markers Across Georgia



DeSoto Trail 1540



Marker ID: WPA US 27 R-6-A
Location: at the intersection of North Broad Street (Business U.S. 27) and East Water Street, Bainbridge, Georgia
County: Decatur
Coordinates: N 30° 54.382    W 034.547
  30.90636666    -34.00911666
Waymark: None
DeSoto Trail 1540 Marker
Photo by David Seibert



Text:

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




DeSoto Trail 1540
Photo by David Seibert



 

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