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Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site to commemorate explorer de Sotos trip to Camden
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Until he died of fever aside the Mississippi River in 1542, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto had been on a quest to find riches, especially gold, to fill his coffers. Confident the precious metal existed in what today is Southeast America, de Soto amassed more than 600 men, 200 horses, massive Irish wolfhounds and numerous pigs to accompany him on what would be a four year exploration or entrada. Departing from Florida, de Soto eventually arrived in April 1540 at Cofitachequi, a highly evolved Native American power center located in the environs of Camden.