Helen Arts & Heritage Center

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Spanish in North GA - Fact or Fiction

From February 20, 2018 5:00 pm until February 20, 2018 6:30 pm

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
5:00 pm
Admission is free and everyone is welcome

Ever since the first modern settlers came to the Sautee Valley in the early 1800s, rumours have spread throughout the settlements that Hernando DeSoto and his spanish gold seekers wandered through our area. Many historical accounts from the Native Americans recalled "white faces and shiny dress" people, as early as the 1500s. New digs in the North Georgia mountains have uncovered iron objects possibly brought here by spanish explorers. But was it DeSoto? Because the Helen and Sautee area was ripe with gold, would it be the next conclusion that DeSoto himself, always looking for gold, was on the trail? Many maps show him coming into North GA and turning west, to finally ending in the gulf of Mexico. In addition, the spaniards were reported to have brought pigs for meat and used enslaved natives along the trek. But again, we dont have all the facts. The story goes that DeSoto's pigs escaped, and that is why GA and other states have wild pigs!!

David Greear will be presenting an interesting exploration of the Spanish visits in North Georgia.