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Indigenous Passages to Cuba, 1515-1900$
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Jason M. Yaremko

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062808

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062808.001.0001

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Imperial Geopolitics, the Florida-Cuba Nexus, and Amerindian Passages

Imperial Geopolitics, the Florida-Cuba Nexus, and Amerindian Passages

(p.14) 1 Imperial Geopolitics, the Florida-Cuba Nexus, and Amerindian Passages
Indigenous Passages to Cuba, 1515-1900

Jason M. Yaremko

University Press of Florida

Chapter 1 begins by exploring early Spanish attempts at conquest and colonization of La Florida and proceeds with an examination of the colonizers’ earliest and most active exchanges with the various indigenous peoples of the Florida peninsula and surrounding regions that included Cuba. This initial period of encounters with the Spanish on the peninsula then gradually and eventually intensified into a pattern of indigenous journeys to the island colony. These initial indigenous forays were undertaken for a range of reasons and varied in duration from a few days to many months. Once there, indigenous delegations like those of the Calusa and Tequesta often met with colonial government and church officials, and otherwise interacted with the insular colonial population at several levels, demonstrating a complex geopolitical interplay with Spanish interests in the region, a process that eventually also included the facilitation of settlement for increasing numbers of indigenous immigrants, such as refugees fleeing the epidemic devastation of colonial wars.

Keywords:   Cuba, Florida, indigenous, conquest, geopolitics, immigration, exchange

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