Historic Markers Across Georgia

DeSoto Trail

Marker ID: WPA 11 H-5
Location: Courthouse in Abbeville, GA
County: Wilcox
Coordinates: N 31° 59.551    W 083° 18.406
  31.99251442    -83.30677235
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM43H8
DeSoto Trail Marker  


Hernando de Soto discovered Ocmulgee at or near Abbeville on April 3, 1540. `Here,` says the chronicler Biedma, `we found a river that had a course not southwardly, like the rest we had passed, but eastward to the sea.` Next day the Altamaha Inidans `brought many canoes and the army crossed very comfrotably in their principal town where they met it chief Camumo and the great chielf of Ocute from the rivr above and here they created a second wooden cross.


WPA 11 H-5