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AMH 2070: The History of Florida: Mission Era in Florida's Spanish Colonial History

Resources from FSCJ Libraries and other online links for Florida History classes.

Map of the Great Bay of Tampa 1757

Don Francisco Maria Celi (no dates available), "Plan of the Great Bay of Tampa, 1757" from "From Havana to the Port of Tampa, Year of 1757, Journal of Reconnaissance, North Atlantic Ocean", (Museo Naval, Madrid, Spain).

The Spanish Treasure Fleets of 1715 and 1733

Trade Routes of the Spanish Treasure Fleets

Fort Mose - First Legally Sanctioned Free Black Community in US

Established in 1738 by Colonial Spanish Florida’s Governor Manuel Montiano, Fort Mose gave sanctuary to Africans challenging enslavement in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, forming more than 20 households. Together they created a frontier community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions. A Maroon Fort Mose, a maroon community, was legally sanctioned by the Spanish Government making it the first free African settlement to legally exist in the United States.

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Guale Uprising

The true story behind the Guale Uprising

In the late 16th century, the Guale natives participated in a brutal uprising against their Catholic overseers. Legend says that Don Juanillo, heir to the chief, led the revolt because the friars would not allow him a second wife. However, there are reasons to suggest this may not be the full story.

Apalachee Massacre

Moore’s Letter on the Destruction of Apalachee (April 16, 1704)

Between 1702 and 1709, English colonists from Carolina and their Creek Indian allies destroyed numerous Spanish and Native American settlements in La Florida. Click on the map above for more information.

The Colony of Spanish Florida, 1565-1750

The Spanish Treasure Fleets

The Spanish Treasure Fleets of 1715 and 1733: Disasters Strike at Sea, Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans, National Park Service. Web. 6 Aug 2015. http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/129shipwrecks/

Courtesy of Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research

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Diving with A Purpose

Are you interested in learning more about underwater archaeology? Check out Diving with a Purpose!