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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 Captivity of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, 1549–1566

The Captivity of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, 1549–1566

(p.190) 4 The Captivity of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, 1549–1566
Discovering Florida

John E. Worth

University Press of Florida

This chapter describes the experiences of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda as a captive between 1549 and 1566. According to his testimony, Fontaneda was only 13 years of age when he sailed through Florida waters. Documentary evidence regarding his life before captivity is limited. In 1549, it is said that a “Hernando de Escalante” appeared as a passenger, arriving in Spain on a ship owned by Juan Canelas. Though most of the other Spanish captives and his older brother during these years died or were killed in captivity, Fontaneda's utility as an interpreter undoubtedly contributed to his survival. This chapter also provides details of his rescue by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.

Keywords:   Florida, captivity, Spain, Juan Canelas, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés

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