Hernando de Soto and the Indians of Florida by Jerald T. Milanich
(Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P. Bullen Series)

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"An important achievement. Hudson and Milanich have collaborated on determining the route of de Soto in Florida for several years and this book represents their current conclusions. . . . The world became whole five hundred years ago and Florida was at center stage."--Dan F. Morse, University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University
Hernando de Soto, the Spanish conquistador, is legendary in the United States today: counties, cars, caverns, shopping malls, and bridges all bear his name. This work explains the historical importance of his expedition, an incredible journey that began at Tampa Bay in 1539 and ended in Arkansas in 1543.
   De Soto's exploration, the first European penetration of eastern North America, preceded a demographic disaster for the aboriginal peoples in the region. Old World diseases, perhaps introduced by the de Soto expedition and certainly by other Europeans in the 16th and 17th centuries, killed many thousands of Indians. By the middle of the 18th century only a few remained alive.
   The de Soto narratives provide the first European account of many of these Indian societies as they were at the time of European contact. This work interprets these and other 16th century accounts in the light of new archaeological information, resulting in a more comprehensive view of the native peoples.
   Matching de Soto's route and camps to sites where artifacts from the de Soto era have been found, the authors reconstruct his route in Florida and at the same time clarify questions about the social geography and political relationships of the Florida Indians. They link names once known only from documents (e.g., the Uzita, who occupied territory at the de Soto landing site, and the Aguacaleyquen of north peninsular Florida) to actual archaeological remains and sites.
   Peering through the mists of centuries, Milanich and Hudson enlarge the picture of native groups of Florida at the point of European contact, allowing historians and anthropologists to conceive of these peoples in a new fashion.
Jerald T. Milanich is curator of archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville. He is coeditor of First Encounters: Spanish Exploration in the Caribbean and the United States, 1492-1570 (UPF, 1989) and cocurator of the "First Encounters" exhibit that has traveled to major museums throughout the United States. He is the author or editor of a number of other books, including Florida Archaeology.
Charles Hudson is professor of anthropology at the University of Georgia. He is the author or editor of nine books, including The Southeastern Indians, The Juan Pardo Expeditions, and Four Centuries of Southern Indians. In 1992 he was awarded the James Mooney Award from the Southern Anthropology Society.

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Curator in archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and professor of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Florida, Jerald T. Milanich has written over twenty books and has received a number of awards, including the James Mooney Book Award, the Rembert Patrick Book Prize (twice), and the American Association for State and Local History Book Award. Chuck Hudson has been at the intersection of web business and technology since the inception of online commerce in the mid 1990s. Having programmed in numerous web and mobile languages he combines a passion for the commerce lifecycle and a wealth of experience to create innovative solutions. He is currently a Director of Application Development focusing on HTML5, iOS and Android products. With an MBA focused on entrepreneurship and managing technologically innovative enterprises Chuck has been a successful entrepreneur and consulted with multiple companies on web and mobile product and service strategies. He shares his knowledge of web and mobile product execution through business advisory roles and as a visiting faculty member in the Masters of Internet Technology program at the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. Chuck has spoken and led lab sessions on web and mobile best practices at development conferences nationally and internationally. In 2008, he received the eBay Star Developer award for the first iOS based web and native applications for users of eBay. Chuck is also a certified PayPal developer and certified PHP programmer, and sits on the PayPal Developers Council.
Published December 20, 1992 by University Press of Florida. 307 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Spurred by a State of Florida effort to establish the route of Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto through the state in 1539-1540, Milanich and Hudson not only reconstruct his route but examine the social geography of the natives he and other Spaniards encountered and often decimated.

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