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By John E. Worth

ISBN-10: 0813049881

ISBN-13: 9780813049885

“Gives voice to a interval in U.S. background that continues to be almost 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 a huge carrier 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 a way to deal with vital basic assets. The historic creation is a treasure in its personal right.”—Amy Turner Bushnell, writer of Situado and Sabana: Spain’s aid approach for the Presidio and undertaking 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 sector 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 reviews 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 dazzling glimpse right into a international of indigenous cultures that didn't live to tell the tale colonization. With introductions to the first assets, broad notes, and a historic assessment of Spanish exploration within the zone, this e-book bargains an unheard of firsthand view of l. a. Florida within the earliest levels of eu conquest.

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That very same year a Spanish slaving expedition under Pedro de Quejo and Francisco Gordillo evidently reached the modern coast of South Carolina, which had apparently been visited previously by slaver Pedro de Salazar between 1514 and 1516 (Hoffman 1980, 1990, 1992). These expeditions ultimately paved the way for the second formal Spanish colonial attempt under Lúcas Vázquez de Ayllón five years later along this same stretch of the Atlantic coast, subsequently rendered by contemporary mapmakers as the “Land of Ayllón” to distinguish it from Ponce’s Florida until the two were combined under Hernando de Soto in 1537 (Spanish Crown 1537).

His life was brief but eventful, comprising twenty years among the Calusa and twenty years among his fellow Spaniards. Nevertheless, those two decades of captivity provided his posterity a remarkable narrative that fills a significant gap in the Spanish exploration of Florida’s lower gulf coast.  Augustine and the Florida colony, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés; his rescue of the captive Fontaneda; and the subsequent establishment of three garrisoned forts in South Florida. These forts included Fort San Antón de Carlos (1566–69) at the Calusa capital on Mound Key, as well as additional forts at Tocobaga (1567–68) and Tequesta (1567–68).

Reaching the Southwest Florida coast four days later, Menéndez left five larger vessels in deeper water offshore and led two smaller brigantines closer to shore (see figure 2). The vessels were first met by the captive Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda in a canoe, claiming to have been sent by the other captive Christians upon learning of the imminent arrival of the Spanish fleet. Fontaneda subsequently led them to the Calusa capital at Mound Key, where they landed adjacent to shore about half a league from the village.

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