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Early Florida: The Missing Piece

Friday, March 15, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Symposium - Early Florida: The Missing Piece

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.  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 free lecture by David Hurst Thomas, the evening before, 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, Ethridge, and Bushnell

            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.

            Margot R. Nishimura, Deputy director and librarian (

            Jeremy Ravi Mumford, Symposium organizer (

Co-sponsored by the John Carter Brown Library and the Department of of Anthropology at Brown University

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When & Where

Petteruti Lounge
Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Faunce House (corner of Waterman and Brown Streets)
75 Waterman Street
Providence, RI 02912

Friday, March 15, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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