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March 7, 1540 Hernando deSoto reaches the Capachequi River (now called the Flint River) in the general vicinity of Bainbridge
  Decatur County, Georgia
  Hernando deSoto
March 29, 1540 After passing through a swamp, De Soto crosses a river, probably in Sumter County
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Hernando deSoto
April 4, 1540 DeSoto passes through the Indian town of Altamaha
  Hernando deSoto
April 20, 1540 After crossing the Achese River (Ocmulgee River) DeSoto's expedition rests in the vicinity of Dublin, GA
  Hernando deSoto
May 7, 1540 DeSoto sees Indians near the Savannah River with crosses who did many things the way they are done in Spain. They surmised they were near the site of the ill-fated Ayllon expedition
  Hernando deSoto
May 15, 1540 DeSoto arrives at Xualla, probably the Nachoochee Valley in White County
  White County, Georgia
  Hernando deSoto
May 31, 1540 DeSoto arrives at the headwaters of the Oostanuala River in present Murray County, at a site occupied by Moundbuilders.
  Murray County, Georgia
  Hernando deSoto
June 4, 1540 DeSoto enters Chiaha (present-day Rome, Georgia)
  Rome, Georgia
  Hernando deSoto
July 1, 1540 Hernando deSoto leaves Chiaha and heads west
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