DeSoto's Winter Encampment

It's was a bit cold Saturday, but a beautiful day to be outside experiencing Hernando DeSoto's winter encampment.

This is the fourteenth year the DeSoto State Park has held the re-enactment of what transpired years ago at the camp.

Archaeologists say Desoto spent a winter in 1539 in what is now Tallahassee, and the area has changed significantly since Hernando Desoto passed through.

Bill Boydston, a park services specialist, says, "Back when he came here this was an Apalachee village with houses, store houses, quite an important village in the Apalachee village."

DeSoto's stop in Tallahassee is an important part of Florida's history. Park specialists say there were no pigs in Florida before Hernando DeSoto.


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