The region of Apalache and of its bay on the Gulf coast seem to have been ignored by the Spaniards following the departure of De Soto from this vicinity after overwintering here in 1539-40. Certainly we are not aware of its further mention in available records until the arrival of the Christianizing Franciscan fathers in 1633, who probably, as did De Soto, came overland,, but in the latter instance from St. Augustine.
Boyd, Mark F.
"The Fortifications at San Marcos de Apalache,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 15
, Article 3.
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