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DeSoto-PublicityPutting Hernando de Soto in His Place” shows Spain’s role in the exploration of “La Florida” and the New World, focusing on the Soto expedition in Mississippi and the interaction between the Spaniards and the Native Americans from 1539 to 1543.

The exhibit offers reproductions of documents and artifacts used by archaeologists in reconstructing Soto’s route, including sixteenth century Nueva Cadiz and chevron beads, a halberd (weapon), and Clarksdale bells (trade items).  Featured in the exhibit is a three-dimensional route to settlements among mountains and valleys of the region. “Putting Hernando de Soto in His Place,” seeks to demonstrate the methods professional archaeologists have used in gathering information on Soto’s route.


“Putting Hernando de Soto in His Place” Exhibit Specifications

Eight (8) panels of the following sizes:

  • 1 panel: 37 3/4” (h) x 33 1/2” (w)
  • 1 panel: 31 1/2” (h) x 37 ½” (w)
  • 2 panels: 37 1/2” (h) x 31 1/2” (w)
  • 2 panels: 29 1/2” (h) x 41 1/2” (w)
  • 1 panel: 37 1/4” (h) x 41 1/2” (w)
  • 1 panel: 29 1/2” (h) x 37 1/2” (w)

Panels are three dimensional with reproduction documents and artifacts.  Three panels are plywood.  They weigh approximately 23 pounds each.  All other panels weigh less than 9 pounds each.
Two (2) shipping crates
Crate size:

  • 108 lbs. 34” (h) x 39 3/4” (w) x 16 3/4” (l)
  • 161 lbs. 40” (h) x 44” (w) x 17 3/4” (l)

Traveling Exhibit Lending Policies and Procedures
Opening Report
Closing Report

To learn more about the Traveling Exhibit Lending Policies and Procedures, the content of specific exhibits, or to book an exhibit, please contact:

Outreach Programs Coordinator
Museum Division, MDAH
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571
Phone: 601-576-6997