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Discovering FloridaFirst-Contact Narratives from Spanish Expeditions along the Lower Gulf Coast$
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Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049885

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049885.001.0001

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The Luís Cancer Expedition, 1549

The Luís Cancer Expedition, 1549

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(p.154) 3 The Luís Cancer Expedition, 1549
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Discovering Florida
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John E. Worth

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049885.003.0004

This chapter focuses on a new approach that was adopted with respect to expeditions to Florida. New laws were passed in 1542 outlawing Indian slavery and promoting the conservation and good treatment of the Indians. The next expedition to Florida's lower gulf coast under the Dominican priest Fray Luís Cancer would consist only of a single farmer and a few missionaries. This expedition was about conversion instead of conquest. It took a while for Cancer to obtain permission for the Florida expedition. This chapter presents a narrative of this Florida mission. However, documentation regarding the expedition under the missionaries confirms that Cancer's original plan to gather together surviving Florida Indians who had been brought to Central America as captives of survivors of the Hernando de Soto expedition was not brought to fruition.

Keywords:   Indian slavery, expedition, Florida, missionaries

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