Colonial Florida Under Spain Is Subject Of Lecture At FSC

Jan 7, 2016

by Staff

A largely unknown period of Colonial America will be the subject of the next lecture in the Florida Lecture Series at Florida Southern College.

J. Michael Francis, professor of history at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, will give the lecture, “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans, and Indians in La Florida, 1513-1607,” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the Hollis Room on the FSC campus. The lecture, sponsored by the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History at FSC and Distinguished Alumnus Walter Manley II, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Francis will describe the period of nearly 100 years of Spanish exploration and colonization of Florida, including the relations between native peoples and Spanish newcomers. One of the nation’s leading experts on the Spanish colonial experience in Florida, Dr. Francis has received more than two dozen state, national and international honors, including a four-year appointment as a research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and a research fellowship at the Library of Congress.

“Most Americans don’t realize that Spain, not England, was the first colonizer of North America,” said Dr. James M. Denham, director of the Lawton Chiles Center for Florida History. “Professor Francis is an eminent scholar in this field, and his lecture promises to give us a new perspective on American history.”

About the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History…

Founded in 2001, the Lawton M. Chiles, Jr., Center for Florida History strives to enhance the teaching, study, and writing of Florida history. The center seeks to preserve the state’s past through cooperative efforts with historical societies, preservation groups, museums, public programs, media, and interested persons.