Historic Markers Across Florida

Drenched for Days

Marker ID:  
County: Suwannee
Coordinates: N 30° 17.799    W 082° 59.109
  30.29665    -82.98515
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMKKFQ


Drenched for Days
Florida De Soto Trail

—September 12, 1539 —

It’s September 12, 1539…
Hernando de Soto’s army has stopped at a small abandoned village not far away –

We have been forced to remain in this village for three days now. Torrential rains have halted our progress. We will remember this spot as Muchas Aguas - Many Waters.

”These Christians arrived at a town that they called Many Waters because it rained so much they could not leave from there on Saturday or Sunday. They left the following Monday, the fifteenth of that month, and found a very bad swamp and all the road very difficult, and they spent the night at Napituca, which was a very pleasant town, well situated and with much food.”
- Account by Rodrigo Rangel

The De Soto Chronicles

The Native Path
The Spanish expeditions proved fatal for many Indian tribes. As De Soto’s army moved through La Florida, they captured and enslaved many native peoples. When captives managed to escape, they unknowingly brought back European diseases to their villages, causing catastrophic sickness and death.

The Conquistador Trail
De Soto and his army had an unknown ally in their march through La Florida - disease. Unsanitary conditions prevailed in Europe. Over time, Europeans had developed immunities to many illnesses, such as tuberculosis, measles, and smallpox. However, the remnants of these diseases, still carried by the conquistadors, proved fatal to the Indian populations.

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