Unearthing the Missions of Spanish Florida

Edited by Tanya M. Peres and Rochelle A. Marrinan

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“This long-awaited volume is a compelling look at a period of history unknown to many. It is a must have for anyone interested in the scholarship of the Spanish mission period in Florida.”—Charles R. Ewen, coeditor of Pieces of Eight: More Archaeology of Piracy  
 
“Spanning the time from the founding of the first missions to their final abandonment, these chapters offer important new insights into the changing social, economic, and ideological relationships between the missions’ Apalachee residents and Spanish religious, military, and administrative personnel.”—Richard Jeffries, author of Holocene Hunter-Gatherers of the Lower Ohio River Valley  
 
This volume presents new data and interpretations from research at Florida’s Spanish missions, outposts established in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to strengthen the colonizing empire and convert Indigenous groups to Christianity. In these chapters, archaeologists, historians, and ethnomusicologists draw on the past thirty years of work at sites from St. Augustine to the panhandle.
 
Contributors explore the lived experiences of the Indigenous people, Franciscan friars, and Spanish laypeople who lived in La Florida’s mission communities. In the process, they address missionization, ethnogenesis, settlement, foodways, conflict, and warfare. One study reconstructs the sonic history of Mission San Luis with soundscape compositions. The volume also sheds light on the destruction of the Apalachee-Spanish Missions by the English.
 
The recent investigations highlighted here significantly change earlier understandings by emphasizing the kind and degree of social, economic, and ideological relationships that existed between Apalachee and Timucuan communities and the Spanish. Unearthing the Missions of Spanish Florida updates and rewrites the history of the Spanish mission effort in the region.  
 
Tanya M. Peres, associate professor of anthropology at Florida State University, is coeditor of The Cumberland River Archaic of Middle Tennessee and the editor of Trends and Traditions in Southeastern Zooarchaeology. Rochelle A. Marrinan, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Florida State University, is coeditor of Grit-Tempered: Early Women Archaeologists in the Southeastern United States.   A volume in the Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series

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