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