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Viviana Díaz Balsera and Rachel A. May

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060118

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060118.001.0001

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“Until the Land Was Understood”

“Until the Land Was Understood”

Spaniards Confront La Florida, 1500–1600

(p.69) 2 “Until the Land Was Understood”
La Florida

Paul E. Hoffman

University Press of Florida

The chapter unpacks statements about Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón’s 1526 colonizing expedition as a guide to how the ecologies of the Southeast’s coasts and interior, and the patterns of Native American settlement based on them, shaped Spanish colonial activities in La Florida, to 1600. It shows the generally negative views Spaniards expressed as they discovered the “secrets of the land.” The chapter concludes with the reasons Spanish settlements remained on the Atlantic coast after 1565, distant from the better soils and larger Native American populations of the piedmont.

Keywords:   La Florida, Spanish colonial activities, Ecologies of the Southeast, Lucas Vázquez de Ayllón, The “secrets of the land”

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