Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

image from Bronze Map: 'DeSoto Explores Alabama, 1540'


53. DeSoto Explores Alabama, 1540



The first Europeans to explore Alabama, Spaniard Hernando DeSoto's expedition traveled through Alabama in 1540 searching for gold. While their exact route is unknown, most researchers agree that they probably followed the east side of the Coosa River for a portion of the expedition.