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Spanish Florida Bibliography

The books listed below are provided in order to provide a basic bibliography of books that primarily or exclusively deal with some aspect of colonial Spanish Florida during the First Spanish Period from an historical and/or archaeological perspective.  I have focused on the most recent books, but have also included some of the older "classic" sources (only a few prior to the 20th century), some of which are very out of date, including early English translations of original narratives.  A more complete bibliography of journal articles, individual book chapters, and other publications that address the many facets of this subject is far beyond the scope of this page right now, but the books below will, in most cases, lead readers to many additional sources.  In cases where the entire text of one of the books below is currently online, a link is provided.

  • Apalachee: The Land Between the Rivers, by John H. Hann (University of Florida Press, 1988).

  • The Apalachee Indians and Mission San Luis, by John H. Hann and Bonnie G. McEwan (University Press of Florida, 1998).

  • Archaeology of Colonial Pensacola, edited by Judith A. Bense (University Press of Florida, 1999).

  • The Archaeology of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale: 1. Search and Discovery, edited by David Hurst Thomas (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 63, Pt. 2, 1987).  [full text online; and here]

  • The Archaeology of Mission Santa Catalina de Guale: 2. Biocultural Interpretations of a Population in Transition, edited by Clark Spencer Larsen (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 68, 1990).  [full text online; and here]

  • Arredondo's Historical Proof of Spain's Title to Georgia: A Contribution to the History of One of the Spanish Borderlands, edited by Herbert E. Bolton (University of California Press, 1925). [full text online]

  • Excavations on the Franciscan Frontier: Archaeology at the Fig Springs Mission, by Brent Richards Weisman (University Press of Florida, 1992).

  • Bioarchaeology of Spanish Florida: The Impact of Colonialism, edited by Clark Spencer Larsen (University Press of Florida, 2001).

  • Biographical Dictionary of the Franciscans in Spanish Florida and Cuba, 1528-1841, by Maynard Geiger (St. Anthony Guild Press, 1940).

  • Black Society in Spanish Florida, by Jane Landers (University of Illinois Press, 1999).

  • Borderland Empires in Transition: The Triple-Nation Transfer of Florida, by Robert L. Gold (Southern Illinois University Press, 1969).

  • The Building of the Castillo de San Marcos, by Luis Rafael Arana and Albert Manucy (Eastern National Park and Monument Association, 1977).

  • Colección de Varios Documentos para la Historia de la Florida y Tierras Adyacentes, transcribed by Buckingham Smith (Trübner y Compañia, 1857).  [full text online]

  • Colonial Records of Spanish Florida: Letters and Reports of Governors and Secular Persons, Volume I, 1570-1577, translated and edited by Jeannette Thurber Connor (The Florida State Historical Society, 1925).

  • Colonial Records of Spanish Florida: Letters and Reports of Governors, Deliberations of the Council of the Indies, Royal Decrees, and other Documents, Volume II, 1577-1580, translated and edited by Jeannette Thurber Connor (The Florida State Historical Society, 1930).

  • Columbian Consequences: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on the Spanish Borderlands East, edited by David Hurst Thomas (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990).

  • The Cross in the Sand: The Early Catholic Church in Florida, 1513-1870, by Michael V. Gannon (University Presses of Florida, 1965).

  • The Defenses of Spanish Florida, 1565-1763, by Verne E. Chatelain (Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1941).

  • The DeSoto Chronicles: The Expedition of Hernando de Soto to North America in 1539-1543, edited by Lawrence A. Clayton, Vernon James Knight, Jr., and Edward C. Moore (2 vols., University of Alabama Press, 1993).

  • Documentos Históricos de la Florida y la Luisiana, siglos XVI al XVIII, edited by Manuel Serrano y Sanz (Biblioteca de los Americanistas, 1912). [full text online]

  • An Early Florida Adventure Story, by Fray Andrés de San Miguel, translated by John H. Hann (University Press of Florida, 2001).

  • Ensayo cronologico, para la historia general de la Florida, by Andrés González de Barcia Carballido y Zúñiga (Madrid, 1723).  [full text online; and here and here]

  • The Enterprise of Florida: Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and the Spanish Conquest of 1565-1568, by Eugene Lyon (University Presses of Florida, 1974).

  • Experiencia Misionera en La Florida (Siglos XVI y XVII), by Gregory Joseph Keegan and Leandro Tormo Sanz (Instituto Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, Madrid, 1957).

  • First Encounters: Spanish Explorations in the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States, 1492-1570, edited by Jerald T. Milanich and Susan Milbrath (University Press of Florida, 1991).

  • La Florida del Inca, by Garcilaso de la Vega (Madrid, 1723).  [full text online; and here; also here]

  • Florida Indians and the Invasion from Europe, by Jerald T. Milanich (University Press of Florida, 1995).

  • Florida's Frontiers, by Paul E. Hofffman (Indiana University Press, 2002).

  • Florida on Trial, 1593-1602, by Charles W. Arnade (University of Miami Press, 1959).

  • The Forgotten Centuries: Indians and Europeans in the American South, 1521-1704, edited by Charles Hudson and Carmen Chaves Tesser (University of Georgia Press, 1994).

  • Fort Mose: Colonial America's Black Fortress of Freedom, by Kathleen Deagan and Darcie MacMahon (University Press of Florida, 1995).

  • The Franciscan Conquest of Florida (1573-1618), by Maynard Geiger (Catholic University of America, 1937).

  • Francisco Pareja's 1613 Confessionario: A Documentary Source for Timucuan Ethnography, by Jerald T. Milanich and William C. Sturtevant (Florida Department of State, 1972).

  • The Governorship of Spanish Florida, 1700-1763, by John Jay TePaske (Duke University Press, 1964).

  • Here They Once Stood: The Tragic End of the Apalachee Missions, by Mark F. Boyd, Hale G. Smith, and John W. Griffin (reprint of 1951 edition; University Press of Florida, 1999).

  • Hernando de Soto and the Florida Indians, by Jerald T. Milanich and Charles Hudson (University Press of Florida, 1993).

  • The Hernando de Soto Expedition: History, Historiography, and "Discovery" in the Southeast, edited by Patricia Galloway (University of Nebraska Press, 1997).

  • Historia General de los hechos de los Castellanos en las islas, y tierra firme del Mar Oceano, by Antonio de Herrera y Tordesillas (Madrid, 1601).  [full text online; links to all 8 volumes here]

  • A History of the Timucua Indians and Missions, by John H. Hann (University Press of Florida, 1996).

  • The Houses of St. Augustine: Notes on the Architecture from 1565-1821, by Albert Manucy (St. Augustine Historical Society, 1962).

  • Indians of Central and South Florida, 1513-1763, by John H. Hann (University Press of Florida, 2003).

  • The Journey of Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca and His Companions from Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536, translated by Fanny Bandelier (A.S. Barnes & Company, 1905). [full text online]

  • The Juan Pardo Expeditions: Exploration of the Carolinas and Tennessee, 1566-1568, by Charles M. Hudson, Jr. (reprint of 1990 edition; University of Alabama Press, 2005). [Hoffman translation of long Bandera account online]

  • The King's Coffer: Proprietors of the Spanish Florida Treasury, 1565-1702, by Amy Bushnell (University Presses of Florida, 1981).

  • Knights of Spain, Warriors of the Sun: Hernando de Soto and the South's Ancient Chiefdoms, by Charles Hudson (University of Georgia Press, 1997).

  • La Florida, Su Conquista y Colonización por Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, edited by Eugenio Ruidíaz y Caravia (Hijos de J.A. García, 1893).  [full text online]

  • Laboring in the Fields of the Lord: Spanish Missions and Southeastern Indians, by Jerald T. Milanich (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1999; University Press of Florida, 2006).

  • Letter of Hernando de Soto, and Memoir of Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, edited by Buckingham Smith (Washington, 1854). [full text online]

  • The Luna Papers, 1559-1561, Volumes 1 & 2, by Herbert Ingram Priestley (single-volume edition with new Foreward by John E. Worth; University of Alabama Press, 2010).  [paper and e-book versions available here]

  • The Martyrs of Florida (1513-1616), by Luis Gerónimo de Oré, translated by Maynard Geiger (Joseph F. Wagner, Inc., 1936).

  • Mission and Pueblo Santa Catalina de Guale, St. Catherines Island, Georgia: A Comparative Zooarchaeological Analysis. by Elizabeth J. Reitz, Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, Daniel C. Weinand, Gwyneth A. Duncan, and David Hurst Thomas (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 91, 2010).  [full text of all chapters here]

  • Missions to the Calusa, by John H. Hann (University of Florida Press, 1991).

  • Monumenta Antiquae Floridae, by Felix Zubillaga (Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu, 1946).

  • Narratives of the Career of Hernando de Soto in the Conquest of Florida (2 vols.), edited by Edward Gaylord Bourne (A.S. Barnes and Company, 1904).  [full text online for Volume 1 and Volume 2]

  • The Native American World Beyond Apalachee: West Florida and the Chattahoochee Valley, by John H. Hann (University Press of Florida, 2006).

  • Naufragios de Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, y Relacion de la jornada, que hizo a la Florida con el adelantado Panfilo de Narvaez, by Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca (Madrid, 1749).   [full text online]

  • A New Andalucia and a Way to the Orient: The American Southeast during the Sixteenth Century, by Paul E. Hoffman (Louisiana State University Press, 1990).

  • Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Adelantado, Governor, and Captain-General of Florida.  Memorial by Gonzalo Solís de Merás,  translated and edited by Jeannette Thurber Connor (The Florida State Historical Society, 1923).

  • Pre-Seminole Florida: Spanish Soldiers, Friars, and Indian Missions, 1513-1763, by Robert Allen Matter (Garland Publishing, 1990).

  • Presidio Santa Maria de Galve: A Struggle for Survival in Colonial Spanish Pensacola, edited by Judith A. Bense (University Press of Florida, 2003).

  • Relación de los Naufragios y Comentarios de Alvar Nuñez Cabeza de Vaca, Adelantado y Gobernador del Río de la Plata (2 vols.), edited by Manuel Serrano y Sanz (Librería General de Victoriano Suárez, 1906).  [full text online]

  • Relación histórica de la Florida, escrita en el siglo XVII, edited by Atanasio López (Madrid, 1931).

  • Religion, Power, and Politics in Colonial St. Augustine, by Robert Kapitzke (University Press of Florida, 2001).

  • The Siege of St. Augustine in 1702, by Charles W. Arnade (University of Florida Press, 1959).

  • Situado and Sabana: Spain's Support System for the Presidio and Mission Provinces of Florida, by Amy Turner Bushnell (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History 74, 1994).  [full text online; also here]

  • Sixteenth-Century St. Augustine: The People and Their Homes, by Albert Manucy (University Press of Florida, 1997).

  • The Spanish Jesuit Mission in Virginia, 1570-1572, by Clifford M. Lewis and Albert J. Loomie (University of North Carolina Press, 1953).

  • The Spanish Missions of Georgia, by John Tate Lanning (University of North Carolina Press, 1935).

  • The Spanish Missions of La Florida, edited by Bonnie G. McEwan (University Press of Florida, 1993).

  • Spanish St. Augustine: The Archaeology of a Colonial Creole Community, by Kathleen Deagan (Academic Press, 1983).

  • The Spanish Settlements in the United States: Florida, 1562-1574, by Woodbury Lowery (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1905). [full text online]

  • The Spanish Settlements within the Present Limits of the United States, 1513-1561, by Woodbury Lowery (3 vols., G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1911). [full text online]

  • Stability & Change in Guale Indian Pottery, A.D. 1300-1702, by Rebecca Saunders (University of Alabama Press, 2000).

  • The Struggle for the Georgia Coast, by John E. Worth (reprint of 1995 edition, with expanded preface; University of Alabama Press, 2007).

  • The Struggle for the Georgia Coast: An Eighteenth-Century Spanish Retrospective on Guale and Mocama, by John E. Worth (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, No. 75, 1995). [full text online; also here]

  • Tacachale: Essays on the Indians of Florida and Southeastern Georgia during the Historic Period, edited by Jerald T. Milanich and Samuel Proctor (University Presses of Florida, 1978).

  • The Timucua, by Jerald T. Milanich (Blackwell Publishers, 1996).

  • The Timucuan Chiefdoms of Spanish Florida, Vol. 1: Assimilation, Vol. 2: Resistance and Destruction, by John E. Worth (University Press of Florida, 1998).

  • The Triangular Struggle for Spanish Pensacola, 1689-1739, by Lawrence Carroll Ford (The Catholic University of America Press, 1939).  [full text online]

  • Tristán de Luna, Conquistador of the Old South: A Study of Spanish Imperial Strategy, by Herbert Ingram Priestley (The Arthur H. Clark Co., 1936).  [full text online]

  • The Unwritten History of Old St. Augustine, by A.M. Brooks and Annie Averette (The Record Co., 1909).  [full text online]

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