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Friday, May 4, 2012

EXPLORING AND SETTLING SPANISH FLORIDA: ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY, RELIGION
Scholarly Presentations at Flagler College Auditorium [click here for a map]

10 - 11 a.m.
THE APOCALYPSE IN ST. AUGUSTINE: RELIGION IN THE NEW WORLD

Dr. Timothy Johnson, Flagler College

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Just why did Columbus sail the ocean blue in 1492? The traditional response focuses on economics and political power, but this presentation examines the religious dynamic, an apocalyptic fervor that saw the voyage of Columbus, the founding of St. Augustine and the Spanish presence in the new world as the center stage of evangelization and the return of Christ as foretold in scripture.

11 a.m. - Noon
CULTURE AND PLACE: AMERICA BEFORE THE AMERICANS

Dr. Rachel Cremona, Flagler College

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While most countries are named for the people who inhabit them, Americans are named for the land they inhabit. Dr. Cremona asks, how did this native land manage to take people from diverse places, with different languages, beliefs and customs, and make them its own? Did the first Spanish footsteps on American shores sow the seeds of the American Dream? We begin our exploration of these questions where it all began – St. Augustine.

1:30 - 3 p.m.
THE SALTWATER FRONTIER: SPECIALISTS IN SURVIVAL
Dr. Amy Turner Bushnell, Brown University

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In the long 17th century, St. Augustine was a colonial capital, a mission headquarters, and a coastguard station positioned to protect the silver fleets from Spain’s seaborne enemies--French, Dutch, and English--who kept the Spanish city and Indian towns in a state of alert. The floridanos who survived the hardships, wars, disasters, and epidemics of the Saltwater Frontier were tough, adaptable, and ready to bend the rules.

INVADERS, PRIVATEERS, RUNAWAYS, RENEGADES AND ST. AUGUSTINE'S
TOWNSPEOPLE IN 18th-CENTURY LA FLORIDA

Dr. Susan Parker, St. Augustine Historical Society

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The residents of Spain's colony of La Florida were right in the middle of the "long century" of war. In the 1700s troops from the British colonies of South Carolina and Georgia invaded La Florida and laid siege to its capital of St. Augustine. Enemy privateers confiscated goods bound for Florida, while Spanish privateers countered with their own heists of food and money for St. Augustine. Indians and blacks ran from rival colonies to find refuge in Florida. Renegades, opportunists and scofflaws claimed whatever nationality benefited them at the moment. These more colorful members of society walked the streets of St. Augustine with the townspeople who tried to live at peace.


3 - 4 p.m.

LABORING IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD: SPANISH MISSIONS AND INDIANS IN THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES

Dr. Jerald T. Milanich, University of Florida

The missions of La Florida, Spain’s name for the southeastern United States, have been one of history’s best kept secrets. Beginning in the 1560’s, Jesuit and Franciscan friars established more than 150 missions among native peoples, primarily in what is now coastal Georgia and northern Florida. By the 1760’s, only two remained. Today, archaeology and history are the tools used to give voice to those long forgotten, a process ably described in this moving presentation.

4 - 5 p.m. -
Round Table Discussion - Presenters

 

7 - 8 p.m.
IN 1492 COLUMBUS SAILED THE OCEAN BLUE... THEN WHAT HAPPENED? COLONIAL SPAIN IN THE SOUTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
Dr. Jerald T. Milanich, University of Florida

By the time of the founding of Jamestown in 1607, St. Augustine was already up for urban renewal. This fact, and Spain’s 16th century activities in the southeast in general, is largely overlooked by our predominantly English language textbooks. This program by Dr. Milanich explores this period of early colonialization with particular emphasis on the impact on the American Indian societies.

8 - 9 p.m.
THE FIRST ST. AUGUSTINE: THE MENENDEZ ENCAMPMENT OF 1565
Dr. Kathleen Deagan, University of Florida

Since 1976, Dr. Deagan has been directing archaeological investigations targeting the initial encampment of St. Augustine founder, Pedro Menendez de Aviles. Her efforts continue, primarily on the site of the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, and her findings, some of which are very recent and quite significant, are the subject of this fascinating and extremely relevant presentation.


SPANISH ARTS, CULTURE, FOODWAYS, & FOLKLIFE IN FLORIDA
On-site Demonstrations

10 - 11 a.m.
CRACKER CATTLE – DESCENDANTS OF THE SPANISH ANDALUSIANS
Catherine Culver, Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum

Location: DeMesa Yard, Spanish Quarter Village [click here for a map]

The Andalusians, or “Black Cows”, of Spain have produced both fighting bulls and longhorns, and their arrival in Florida, perhaps on Ponce de Leon’s initial 1513 voyage, marked the beginning Florida’s cattle  industry. Today’s “Cracker Cow” is the result of a concerted effort to breed a hardy stock that was lean, mean and able to withstand the oppressive Florida heat, and  Ms. Culver’s presentation tells the amazing 500 year story of these remarkable and enduring animals.

11 a.m. - Noon
FLORIDA CATTLE RANCHING: 500 YEARS OF TRADITION

Robert Stone, Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation

Location: Virginia Room, Ringhaver Student Center
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Noted folklorist Robert Stone describes the evolution of Florida’s cattle industry, colorfully illustrating that it is more than just a business; it is a cultural heritage and a way of life. The program also includes live Cracker cattle and horses  descended from original 16th century stock.

1 - 2:30 p.m.
CRACKER WHIP POPPING, POLK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

Robert Stone, Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation

Location: DeMesa Yard, Spanish Quarter Village [click here for a map]

The whip was an essential tool to early Florida pioneers, an “attitude adjuster” whose sound alone could motivate the most stubborn cow. Expert whip and roping demonstrations, aided by knowledgeable narrative from Robert Stone, make this a very unique session.

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