San Marcos de Apalache State Park

Reenactors portraying Spanish soldiers who first landed in Florida

The site’s history began in 1528 when Panfilo de Narvaez arrived with 300 men. Having traveled overland from Tampa, Narvaez impressed by the area located at the confluence of the Wakulla and St. Marks rivers, built and launched the first ships made by white men in the New World.

In 1539, Hernando de Soto, along with 600 men, followed the same route taken by Narvaez. Banners were hung in the trees near the river to easily mark the river’s entrance.

 

Internal Links:

Lost Worlds of Florida

Ancient Civilizations of Florida

External Links:

Le Moyne’s Florida Indians

San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park

 

 

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