Historic Markers Across Alabama

Indian Village Achuse

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Location: At the Shell Banks Baptist Church on Ft Morgan Rd about half way between Ft. Morgan and Gulf Shores, AL.
County: Baldwin
Coordinates: N 30° 15.104    W 087° 48.937
  30.25173333    -87.81561666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMDDJA


The tiny Shell Banks Baptist Church rests near the location of the first Indian Village in America visited by a white man. This was the Indian Village of "Achuse" visited by Admiral Maldonado who was one of DeSoto's officers. He scouted the Florida and Alabama coast from Tampa Bay and entered the port of "Achuse" before DeSoto started from Tampa Bay on the longest, strangest, boldest adventure in the history of the world. This was in 1539, 81 years before the colony landed at Jamestown. The name of this village, "Achuse" is shown at this location on the official map made by the U.S. DeSoto Expedition Commission created by Congress in 1936. On an old crude Spanish map made of the Gulf Coast region in the 16th century, the Indian Village of "Achuse" shows on this map near the same location now occupied by the Shell Banks Baptist Church.

This marked is presented by: Addison and Dorothy Mauldin and Milton and Ruth Ewing. In loving memory of their parents, Charles and Sena Ewing. Written by Hatchett Chandler, December 22, 1968.

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