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Readings

All readings are formatted to be easily reproduced for classroom use. Florida, from the beginning to 1992 is a background text for teachers, also suitable as a high school level reader. Other contents highlight important aspects of Florida's Spanish colonial period.

Additional primary sources and other readings are available from the Florida History & Heritage Collections.
    

COLORING BOOK ART

  • The Early Southeast
    These images are provided courtesy of Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, N.Y., from its publication Southeast Indians Coloring Book, by Peter Copeland.  Images may be reproduced for educational use in school classrooms.  Republication of these images by any other graphic service whether it be in a book or in any design is strictly prohibited.  Copyright, 1996, by Dover Publications, Inc.  All rights reserved.
    The town of Moundville, Mississippi (1200 A.D.) showing pyramid mounds
       [Black & White]
    A Timucua warrior speaks with Spanish explorers
       [Black & White]

  • Founding of St. Augustine
    Artwork by Robert Deaton. Copyright 2005 by Robert Deaton and the Florida Humanities Council.
    Pedro Menéndez de Avilés
    [The adelantado of Florida]
    Menéndez comes ashore at the newly founded site of St. Augustine
    [Black & White] [Color]
    The Spanish colonists celebrate their first mass (1565)
    [Black & White] [Color]
    Spaniards hold a thanksgiving feast with Timucuan villagers (1565)
    [Black & White] [Color]
  • History of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose
    Artwork by Robert Deaton. Copyright 2005 by Robert Deaton and the Florida Humanities Council.
    Francisco Menéndez, free man of color and leader of the town of Mose. Menéndez became captain of a militia of runaway slaves in 1726. He and his men had to petition the Crown several times and wait until 1738 before being declared free.
    [Francisco Menéndez and his wife Ana María Escovar]
    June 14, 1740: Spanish forces under Capt. Antonio Salgado, with Indian allies, and a company of free blacks under the command of Francisco Menéndez charge the gate of Fort Mose to retake the fort from British occupiers.
    [Black & White] [Color]
  • A Sketch of the Second Fort Mose
    Artwork by Albert Manucy. Available courtesy of the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Copyright 1989 by the Florida Museum of Natural History. All rights reserved. Reproduction for sale of for commercial purposes is a violation of copyright. For additional information on St. Augustine and Fort Mose, visit the Florida Museum of Natural History
READINGS ONLINE
  • Florida : from the beginning to 1992.
    (Reading level: High School)
    Provided courtesy of Pioneer Publications, Inc., from Florida from the Beginning to 1992, A Columbus Jubilee Commemorative by William S. Coker and Jerrell H. Shofner. These readings may be reproduced for educational use in school classrooms. Copyright 1991 by Pioneer Publications. All rights reserved. Reproduction of them for sale or for commercial purposes is a violation of copyright.

    Hardback copies of this book, which contains chapters not reproduced here, can be obtained from Pioneer Publications, Inc. 15722 Chemical Lane, Huntington Beach, Calif. 92649 (714) 899-0088.

Chapter 1: From the beginning to 1526
Chapter 2: The Narváez, Soto, Luna and Villafañe Expeditions, 1528-1561
Chapter 3: Frenchmen and Spaniards in La Florida, 1562-1600
Chapter 4: The Church in Florida, 1513-1763
Chapter 5: St. Augustine and La Florida, 1600-1763
Chapter 6: Spanish Pensacola, 1698-1763
Chapter 7: British West Florida, 1763-1781
Chapter 8: British East Florida, 1763-1783
Chapter 9: Spanish East Florida, 1783-1821
Chapter 10: Spanish West Florida, 1781-1821
Bibliography: Bibliography
  • A Child in St. Augustine in 1740
    (Reading Level: Middle School)
    Provided courtesy of the Florida Historical Society from “A Child in St. Augustine in 1740” by Susan R. Parker, in the Journeys for Young Scholars series. This reading may be reproduced for educational use in school classrooms. Copyright 2005 by the Florida Historical Society. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this reading for sale or for commercial purposes is a violation of copyright.

  • Mission San Luis de Apalachee : a visitor guide
    (Reading Level: Middle to High School)
    Provided courtesy of the Florida Department of State and Mission San Luis de Apalachee.  A Florida Heritage Publication.  This booklet may be reproduced for educational use in school classrooms.  Copyright 1988 by the Florida Department of State.  All rights reserved.  Reproduction for sale or for commercial purposes is a violation of copyright.  Full-color copies of this booklet can be obtained directly from Mission San Luis.

  • Comparative Timeline of Florida and General U.S. History, 1492-1823
    (Reading Level:  Teacher resource)
    Developed for the “Between Columbus and Jamestown” seminars, this timeline gives important dates in Florida history, in parallel with major or related events in the history of the British colonies and United States. 
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