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La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence by Viviana Díaz Balsera, Rachel A. May

By Viviana Díaz Balsera, Rachel A. May

“A just right, hugely readable assortment that displays giant new study and findings on Hispanic impact in Florida.”—Ralph Lee Woodward, writer of Central the US: A kingdom Divided
“Deeply researched and sweeping throughout 5 centuries, La Florida is admirably multi- and interdisciplinary in process and lines a really distinct lineup of authors. themes variety from natural world to archaeology and early chronicles, to politics low and high, to literature, artwork, structure, track, meals and foodways, and naturally to the varied and infrequently attention-grabbing those who made them.”—Richmond F. Brown, editor of Coastal Encounters
Commemorating Juan Ponce de León’s landfall at the Atlantic coast of Florida, this formidable quantity explores 5 centuries of Hispanic presence within the New global peninsula, reflecting at the breadth and intensity of encounters among the various lands and cultures.

The members, major specialists in quite a number fields, start with an exam of the 1st and moment Spanish sessions. This used to be a time whilst los angeles Florida used to be an elusive ownership that the Spaniards have been by no means in a position to thoroughly safe; yet Spanish effect might still go away an indelible mark at the land. within the moment half this quantity, the essays spotlight the Hispanic cultural legacy, politics, and heritage of contemporary Florida and extend on Florida’s function as a contemporary transatlantic go roads.

Melding heritage, literature, anthropology, track, tradition, and sociology, La Florida is a special presentation of the Hispanic roots that run deep in Florida’s previous and current and may usually form its future. 

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The Columbian Exchange created a new American table. Perhaps the first contact between Europeans and natives involved not a clash of civilizations or the clank of steel, but rather an offering of maize porridge, oysters, or a gourd containing Ilex vomitoria, the black drink, a powerful caffeinated drink. Food is power. To the Calusa and Apalachee, the Spanish fondness for salted pork, weevil-infested bread, and rotted anchovies was as revealing as it was revolting. To Spaniards who were in the process of creating the greatest empire since Ancient Rome, the food they carried heightened their sense of moral superiority.

The starcrossed French Huguenots encountered a hurricane that blew their vessels southward until they foundered at Florida’s Matanzas Inlet. “During the night of the nineteenth of this month of September [1559],” wrote Tristán de Luna, governor of Florida, to Phillip II, king of Spain, “there came up from the north a fierce tempest, blowing for twenty-four hours from all directions . . ” The Spanish fort on Pensacola Bay was destroyed. Four years later, a hurricane scattered Ribault’s French fleet sailing to relieve Fort Caroline.

The 26 · Gary R. Mormino $110,000 structure featured a 1,200-seat theater, a cantina, and a modern biblioteca (library). By 1919, El Centro Asturiano boasted 3,600 members. 71 The most far-reaching and progressive achievement by Tampa’s Spanish mutual-aid societies occurred in the field of cooperative health care. Spaniards built two modern hospitals and several medical clinics that offered free care to members. The American Medical Association condemned “collectivized medicine” and blackballed physicians who worked for the Latin medical clinics.

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