Hernando DeSoto was one of the first Spanish Conquistadors known to have explored the inland parts of what is now Florida. He did that in 1539.
DeSoto was already an accomplished explorer and on previous expeditions, he had found gold and silver which made him quite the rich man upon his return
to Spain. He wanted to find more treasure, so he sailed across the Atlantic and ulimately landed near what is now Bradenton, FL. From there he traveled
north by way of established native American indian trails with a large contingent of over 600 other conquistadors who were also seeking treasure.
Obviously, that many men would need to find fresh water to drink along the way. Devil's Den is very similar to other fresh water springs
throughout central and northern Florida. It is for that reason, that we have chosen to include this video clip.
Scuba diving at fresh water springs is part of our plan to provide a series of online videos to discover American History.
Our series of online videos will present American History by going in a logical, sequential order.
These segments show the sequence we suggest, however, viewers can obviously choose whatever they want.
More video clips are in the process of being uploaded. It takes time to build the site, so please be patient.
Columbus - featuring a ship like the one he sailed to the new world.
Somehow, we got off the trail of "normal" American history. We were drawn to true stories that are rarely told or described in text books. As with the entire series, we seek out modern day subject matter experts who combine vast personal knowledge with a spirit of adventure to relive history around us today.
Because video on the web has become so popular, and because we have had so many requests for it, we are now providing a few unusual segments. These pieces simply did not fit into the sequential order we try to present on the DVDs. We find them fascinating and perhaps you will, too.
There are many ways to display video clips on the web. We have chosen MP4 as the format to use. It makes small files with relatively good quality.
Our intent with online video is merely to provide a brief glimpse into the more complete coverage provided on the DVDs. We also want to show footage NOT included on the DVDs.
The MP4 format makes these clips easy to download for display on a laptop, an iPod, iPad, tablet, smartphone or similar device.