Specialists on Early Florida have much to contribute to the history and archaeology of many fields, among them the Caribbean, colonial Latin America with its frontiers and borderlands, colonial British America, the Native American Southeast, the backcountry, the continent, and the Atlantic world, yet our findings have done little to shape these larger fields.  What can we do to bring Early Florida on stage and expose it to a wider audience?

Six historians and anthropologists have been invited to address this question in a one-day symposium on March 15, 2015. Only thirty people will attend the symposium.  Registration is required to attend. Chaired by Amy Turner Bushnell, “Early Florida: The Missing Piece” will be coordinated with two other events:  the Library’s Spring 2013 exhibition, “The Florida Story, 1513-1783: Reconnaissance and Rivalry on a Maritime Periphery,” curated by Susan Danforth and Amy Turner Bushnell, and a public lecture by David Hurst Thomas, March 14, 5:30 p.m. in the MacMillan Reading Room of the John Carter Brown Library, on “Whatever Happened to the Franciscan Missions of Spanish Florida?”

Sessions and Presenters

Session I:  Florida in the Disputed Atlantic, Gulf, and Caribbean

  • Paul E. Hoffman (Professor of History, Louisiana State University)

Session II:  Florida as a Mission Frontier and a Spanish Borderland

  • John E. Worth (Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of West Florida)

Session III:  Florida as a Guardacosta Base and an Extension of the British Lowcountry

  • Susan R. Parker (Executive Director, St. Augustine Historical Society)

Session IV:  Florida as a Safety Valve for the Southeast and the Backcountry

  • Robbie Ethridge (Professor of Anthropology, University of Mississippi)

Session V:  Roundtable

  • Hoffman, Worth, Parker, and Ethridge
  •  Joseph Hall (Associate Professor of History, Bates College)
  •  Felipe Gaitan-Ammann (Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology, Brown University)
  • Susan Danforth (Curator of Maps and Prints, John Carter Brown Library)
  • David Hurst Thomas (Curator of North American Archaeology, American Museum of  Natural History)

The symposium (with lunch included) is free but registration is required. Register here.

            Margot R. Nishimura, Deputy director and librarian (Margot_Nishimura@brown.edu)

            Jeremy Ravi Mumford, Symposium organizer (Jeremy_Mumford@brown.edu)