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By John E. Worth

ISBN-10: 0813049881

ISBN-13: 9780813049885

“Gives voice to a interval in U.S. historical past that continues to be nearly unknown, even to experts within the field.”—J. Michael Francis, coauthor of Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida
“With those transcriptions and translations, worthy presents an immense provider to ethnohistorians, archaeologists, and others who percentage an curiosity within the Spanish colonial explorations of the higher Southeast.”—Mariah F. Wade, writer of Missions, Missionaries, and local Americans
“A version for the way to deal with very important basic assets. The ancient advent is a treasure in its personal right.”—Amy Turner Bushnell, writer of Situado and Sabana: Spain’s help method for the Presidio and project provinces of Florida

Florida’s decrease gulf coast used to be a key area within the early ecu exploration of North the United States, with a unprecedented variety of first-time interactions among Spaniards and Florida’s indigenous cultures. Discovering Florida compiles the entire significant writings of Spanish explorers within the region among 1513 and 1566.

            together with transcriptions of the unique Spanish files in addition to English translations, this quantity presents—in their very own words—the reports and reactions of Spaniards who got here to Florida with Juan Ponce de León, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hernando de Soto, and Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. those bills, that have by no means sooner than seemed jointly in print, offer an staggering glimpse right into a global of indigenous cultures that didn't live on colonization. With introductions to the first assets, vast notes, and a old assessment of Spanish exploration within the quarter, this publication deals an remarkable firsthand view of los angeles Florida within the earliest levels of ecu conquest.

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His experiences as a captive between 1549 and 1566, and subsequently as an interpreter at the Spanish fort on Mound Key through 1569 (Escalante Fontaneda 1569), constitute one of the most important records of indigenous Calusa culture available to modern researchers. Even though Fontaneda’s primary narrative and other affiliated text fragments represent firsthand recollections long after the fact, they still provide an insider’s perspective and window into a period of time during which no Spanish expedition even visited the Calusa.

Similar illegal slaving raids were claimed to have been launched by residents of Hispaniola against the island of Bimini during the same period, and Ponce successfully petitioned to have them restored to their lands (Spanish Crown 1517b). While both these incidents might possibly be identical with the Miruelo and Salazar expeditions, respectively, it is also possible that all were distinct from one another and that illicit slaving in this Introduction 19 region became quite common after 1513. Even the happenstance 1517 encounter on an isolated beach along the lower gulf coast of Florida between a group of Indians and the members of a Spanish expedition under Francisco Hernández de Cordoba, taking on water during the return voyage from Yucatán to Cuba, resulted in a pitched battle and several deaths, including three Indian prisoners carried off in the boats (Díaz del Castillo 1939: 65–68).

Ultimately, this strategic alliance was to be sealed with the political marriage between Carlos’s sister (baptized doña Introduction 33 Antonia) and Menéndez himself, which took place before his departure in March in a series of elaborate feasts staged in a large structure belonging to the chief. When the Spanish fleet left Mound Key, Menéndez took all the captives who chose to leave, as well as doña Antonia and seven other Indians, including a cousin and heir of Chief Carlos, who would ultimately be baptized don Pedro.

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