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La FloridaFive Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence$
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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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A Land Renowned for War

A Land Renowned for War

Florida as a Maritime Marchland

(p.103) 4 A Land Renowned for War
La Florida

Amy Turner Bushnell

University Press of Florida

St. Augustine was more than a colonial capital and the headquarters of a mission system. It was a presidio on a maritime marchland, a naval base positioned beside the Gulf Stream to guard the return route of the silver fleet, rescue castaways, and recover cargoes. Spain’s seaborne enemies--speakers of English, French, and Dutch--kept the city and its provinces in a state of alarum, seizing supply ships and attacking settlements. Florida was a land of war, where a colony of settlement, complete with a labor force and export products, was unsustainable, economic ventures being as difficult to finance as to defend. Yet, apart from a 21-year British interregnum, the floridanos and their valiant native allies kept the flag of Spain flying in the Southeast for two and a half centuries. Spanish Florida was not a failure; it survived, fulfilling its purpose, for longer than many a country.

Keywords:   St. Augustine, Spanish Florida, land of war, mission system, settlement

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