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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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On the Trail of Texts from Early Spanish Florida

On the Trail of Texts from Early Spanish Florida

Garcilaso’s La Florida del Inca and Oré’s Relación de los mártires

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(p.83) 3 On the Trail of Texts from Early Spanish Florida
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La Florida
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Raquel Chang-Rodríguez

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060118.003.0005

This chapter examines the chronicles of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539-1617) and Luis Jerónimo de Oré (1554-1630), two authors from Peru who met in Córdoba (1612) and wrote about La Florida. Garcilaso, an arm-chair traveler, wrote La Florida del Inca (1605) about Hernando de Soto’s expedition and reflected on many incidents of his long journey. In his Account of the Martyrs of Florida (c. 1619) Oré, who lived in the region for some years, offers a historical overview of the conquest and colonization of the area while underscoring the missionary zeal of his Franciscan brethren. The perception of both authors in matters such as their judgment of the natives, the brushes among missionaries and administrators, as well as comparative notions of colonialism are examined and placed within the context of the shared history of North and South America.

Keywords:   Inca Garcilaso, Oré, De Soto, Franciscan, missionaries, martyrs, colonialism

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