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Archaeology Lecture Series:Hernando de Soto’s Tribulations in the Interior...

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Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center

1800 Weedon Drive Northeast

Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

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Join the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (CGCAS) in partnership with the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE) for this annual lecture series on the third Thursday of every month, spanning diverse archaeological topics.

The Rocky Road from Tampa to Chicasa: Hernando de Soto’s Tribulations in the Interior Southeast

Charles Cobb, Florida Museum of Natural History

The beginnings of the journey of the members of the Hernando de Soto expedition were fairly auspicious. They encountered sizable and prosperous chiefdoms ranging from Florida through Georgia and the Carolinas, and by virtue of size and military technology were able to fend off hostilities from Native Americans. Their fortunes turned soured, however, in 1540 and 1541 as major conflicts at Mabila (Alabama) and Chicasa (Mississippi) left scores of Spaniards dead and wounded, as well as major losses of pigs, horses, and equipment. Recent investigations at the Stark Farm site in eastern Mississippi have yielded a large number of likely sixteenth-century Spanish metal artifacts (e.g., adzes, axes, horse shoes) that seem to be related to the Soto encounter at Chicasa. This presentation considers the possibility of whether the Stark Farm is actually Chicasa, as well as alternative hypotheses to account for presence of European material at this location.


For questions about this program please contact Weedon Island Preserve at weedonisland@pinellascounty.org.

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