Finding de Soto


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.


    • Erick says:

      That’s not a monument. I’m thinking 100 foot high corinthian column with de Soto on top pouring water out over the heathen — not some cheap wooden sign.

        • Rick Day says:

          Look, I understand (from others) it’s HARD being in charge and all powerful and little people looking up to you all the time for decisions!

          A little submission to the sting of the flogger has soothed and humbled even the most powerful civil servant, helping him focus on the next days task of managing the White Man’s World™

          That monument should be someone like Goddess Amazon, one of my dear friends and holistic physician. I submit to the governor’s committee the following model for the monument to Spanish BDSM. Keeping it PG. Daddy will explain later, kids.

    • Sleepy Tom says:

      Erick once again proves his madness methodology to put his form of Christianity everywhere he can…and, YES…he would gladly lobby for public tax dollars to build one.

      • I can’t be held accountable for the geographic ignorance of urban residents who would otherwise would have no inclination of where Telfair County was other than south of them.

        I would personally expect a bit more precise description of the County’s location by the AJC – given the unique facts of this situation. Granted it makes attempt to clear this up by mentioning it’s 100 miles downriver from Macon – but that is a bit lacking. I would have less concern over it, were this not a situation where there is a disputed historical location. If this story is about anything, it’s locations and one would expect precision.

      • Ramblinwreck says:

        The real deciding issue is whether it is above or below the gnat line. That’s the real dividing line between North and South Georgia.

      • GOPGeorgia says:

        Almost everywhere in the state of Georgia is South of Walker County. There are several counties just as north as Walker, but none further unless you consider the disputed territories, currently consider by some to be part of Tennessee.

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