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Discovering Florida: First-Contact Narratives from Spanish Expeditions along the Lower Gulf Coast


Florida's lower gulf coast was a key region in the early European exploration of North America, with an extraordinary number of first-time interactions between Spaniards and Florida's indigenous cultures. This book compiles a number of major writings of Spanish explorers in the area between 1513 and 1566. Including transcriptions of the original Spanish documents as well as English translations, this book presents—in their own words—the experiences and reactions of Spaniards who came to Florida with Juan Ponce de León, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hernando de Soto, and Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. These a ... More

Keywords: indigenous cultures, European exploration, Spanish explorers, Juan Ponce de León, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hernando de Soto, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813049885
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049885.001.0001