Maritime Florida: Rediscovering 14,000 Years of Maritime Heritage and History

"Maritime Florida: Rediscovering 14,000 Years of Maritime Heritage and History" will bring together a range of scholars working in history, archaeology, and museums to investigate Florida’s maritime history and heritage.


About the Conference

The UWF Department of History presents Maritime Florida: Rediscovering 14,000 Years of Maritime Heritage and History. The conference will be held June 7-9, 2018, at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. 

Water defines Florida. A long peninsula with over 1,100 miles of coastline, 11,000 miles of waterways and almost 8000 lakes and natural springs, Florida has a maritime history and heritage as rich and formative as its maritime environment. Maritime Florida: Rediscovering 14,000 Years of Maritime Heritage and History will bring together a range of scholars working in history, archaeology, and museums to investigate Florida’s maritime history and heritage.

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on maritime Florida and it seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How has Florida been shaped by its relationship to the sea and waterways?
  • How have peoples’ interactions with Florida’s waterways changed over the past 14,000 years?
  • How and why have relationships with maritime Florida changed?
  • How have people changed maritime Florida and how has maritime Florida changed people?
  • How does maritime Florida question challenge, or support, significant scholarly debates among historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and museum specialists?
  • Ultimately, this conference aims to both tell the story of maritime Florida and demonstrate its central place in reimagining some of today’s core historiographical debates including, characteristics of pre-Columbian life; European colonization and empire; American state-building; and, American modernity.
 The call for papers and registration information will be posted in October 2017.

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