Fernbank Museum of Natural History archaeologist Dennis Blanton didn’t expect to be tracking Hernando de Soto’s route through South Georgia in 1540. But the more he dug at a remote site in Telfair County, the more convinced he became that he was chasing the famous yet elusive Spanish explorer.
For the longest time, people have thought de Soto crossed the Ocmulgee at Macon, but it looks like he might not have.
Incidentally, did you know the first baptism in North America took place in the 1500’s in the Ocmulgee River south of Macon? I always thought we should have a huge monument you could see for miles around to commemorate that. Preferably at the I-16/I-75 split in Macon. But I guess we’ll have to move it to Telfair County.