From Ponce de León to Sir Walter Raleigh

Early European Arrivals in Southeastern North America

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About the Book

The events that predate the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Rock, particularly in the North American Southeast, are little known by most. By 1620, the coast of Atlantic America had been extensively explored and charted by dozens of European sailors. This history covers all the Spanish expeditions into Southern Atlantic America and the Gulf Coast, and the early French and English infringements into what the Spanish would ruthlessly defend as their territory. Throughout the discovery process, the unveiling of North America was often violent, as the Indigenous people valiantly fought to protect their cultures against the onslaught of Europeans. Interactions between the people of the two worlds generally started out friendly, but soon deteriorated as the Europeans took food and land from the local populations by force. European diseases would further decimate Indigenous populations, emptying their land for colonial farms and weakening their ability to resist the growing onslaught. Drawing extensively on eyewitness reports from the explorers themselves, this book reveals the full, complex story of the European discovery and settlement of Florida and the coastal Southeast.

About the Author(s)

James F. Hancock is a university distinguished professor (emeritus) at Michigan State University. He is the author of several books and lives in Scarborough, Maine.

Bibliographic Details

James F. Hancock
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: ca. 5 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9578-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5473-7
Imprint: McFarland