|Join De Soto National Memorial on Saturday April 19th as we re-create the landing of Hernando de Soto. It was 475 years ago that De Soto landed on the shores of Florida and began a quest that would change the fate of North America forever.
Watch the Landing — Witness history as De Soto’s boats make landfall, claiming the land of La Florida for the crown of Spain. Landing times are at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm by the monuments along the cove.
Unique Weapons and Demonstrations — Walk through time and hear first-hand accounts of the Europeans who trudged over 4,000 miles in search of riches and glory. Hear the stories of their clashes with the tribes of the American Southeast, and their ultimate failure in the cursed land of La Florida. Watch re-enactors demonstrate the unique weapons used by the Native Americans and the European invaders. Black powder weapons will be fired throughout the day.
Experience History — Follow the footsteps of history as our experts will take visitors on historical walks and tours. Join Living history park rangers and re-enactors form all over Florida re-count life during the 16th Century.
Activities for the Kids — There will be plenty of activities for kids to do. There will be touch tables where kids can try on Spanish armor, Florida Indian jewelry. Be sure to ask about our award winning Junior Ranger Activity Book and how they can earn their own Junior Ranger badge!
Event admission and all activities are free. Event hours are 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. Demonstration times and events will be posted on the day of the event. All activities are subject to change due to weather.
DeSoto National Memorial is located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton 34209. On I-75 take exit 220 SR-64 Manatee Ave. Go west to 75th street. Travel north, the park is located at the terminus of 75th street. De Soto National Memorial is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset.
EXPERIENCE YOUR AMERICA
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