Historic Markers Across Florida

Pressing Onward

Marker ID:  
Location: 28011 Lake Lindsey Road, Istachatta, FL
County: Hernando
Coordinates: N 28° 39.048    W 082° 16.626
  28.6508    -82.2771
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Pressing Onward
Florida De Soto Trail

It’s July 23, 1539…
Conquistador Hernando de Soto and his advance guard of 12 horsemen have just passed the small Indian village of Vicela

I have decided not to stop here. We must press on further north and reach the chiefdom of Apalachee before winter sets in. There is also talk that several villages have formed a war band of about 40 men to ambush us.

”During these days the Indians never slept and were always on alert. They ambushed their enemies so cautiously and skillfully that not a single Spaniard who strayed so much as a hundred yards from camp escaped being shot or beheaded at once.”
- Garcilaso de la Vega
La Florida of the Inca

The Native Path
Warfare was common among peoples of the Southeast. Warriors attacked other villages to assert their dominance. The taking of ears, scalps, and heads demonstrated bravery in battle and elevated their social standing.

The Conquistador Trail
Children as young as 10 years old were brought on expeditions. They served as apprentices to tradesmen, like blacksmiths, or acted as squires to nobles. But, during battle they were expected to pick up arms and fight. Hernando de Soto was 14 years old when he left home to seek his fortune in the New World.

Florida De Soto Trail, Florida Department of Transportation,
the Florida Park Service, and the National Park Service.