Nov. 20: DeSoto Expedition program in Prattville
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From: Amos J Wright <ajwright@...>
Date: Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM
Subject: Nov. 20: DeSoto Expedition program in Prattville
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The Autauga Genealogical Society will meet Sunday, Nov. 20, at First Baptist Church in downtown Prattville.
Professor Ronald Fritze of Athens State University will speak on The Hernando de Soto Expedition: Exploration and Tragedy in 16th Century Alabama and the Southeast.
Hernando de Soto's expedition (1539-1543) was the first to explore extensively the interior of the eastern part of North America. It spent a substantial amount of time in what is now Alabama, where there are many places associated with De Soto's expedition. The Southeast on the eve of European contact contained the most culturally sophisticated Native American societies in Northern America.
His expedition explored most of the Southeast following a much-debated route. It experienced problems with the Native Americans, spread devastating diseases, and failed to find treasure. De Soto died in 1542 during the course of the expedition, which Luis de Moscoso brought back to Mexico during 1543.
Visitors are welcome to attend all AGS meetings.