Looking for De Soto
A Search Through the South for the Spaniard's Trail

Joyce Rockwood Hudson


"This is not a scholar's but rather a reader's book, a kind of archaeological Blue Highways that conveys sights, sounds, and people met along the way with a novelist's eye for character and telling detail."
Journal of Southern History

"If you are interested in the story of De Soto, if you are interested in the pursuit of history, or if you are interested in the South, this is a book worth reading."
Florida Historical Quarterly

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In 1984, Joyce Rockwood Hudson accompanied her husband, anthropologist Charles Hudson, on a four-thousand-mile trek across the Southeast. His objective was to retrace and verify the route taken by Hernando De Soto four and a half centuries earlier. The effort would bring into question, and ultimately supplant, much of what was earlier thought to be the course of the Spanish explorer's journey. Looking for De Soto is the journal Joyce Hudson kept, a warmly humane account of the people they met and the places they saw as they searched for De Soto's trail beneath railroad tracks and two-lane blacktops, along riverbanks and mountain ridges, from Florida to Texas. Part travelogue, part scholarly detective story, Looking for De Soto offers a firsthand glimpse into the daily wok of anthropologists and archaeologists.
Page count: 254 pp.
11 maps
Trim size: 6 x 9


List price: $26.95

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Joyce Rockwood Hudson is the author of five works of fiction, including Apalachee (Georgia), and one other work of nonfiction, Natural Spirituality: Recovering the Wisdom Tradition in Christianity.