Portrait of Hernando de Soto by his descendant Rafael M. de Soto, 1989. Courtesy Hernando de Soto Historical Society
Hernando de Soto Historical Society
Celebrating its 61st year of bringing
family-oriented educational and entertainment events to West
Florida, the Hernando DeSoto Historical Society of Manatee
County provides, as it premier event, the Florida Heritage
Festival, formerly called the DeSoto Celebration, which began
in 1939 and has received both regional and national
recognition for its service to the citizens of Southwest
Florida. The Society also produces an annual golf and fishing
tournaments. It is charged with keeping alive the memory of
Hernando deSoto and his conquistadors' landing in 1539 in what
now is Manatee County.
Originally submitted by: Dan Miller,Representative (13th District).
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