The University of Florida Press blog has a book announcement for John E. Worth book Discovering Florida: First Contact from Spanish Expeditions along the Lower Gulf Coast. The book is a collection of documents of Spaniards who accompanied early Spanish explorers such as Juan Ponce de León, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hernando de Soto, and Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and their descriptions of indigenous peoples. As the UF Press Blog points out that these “indigenous cultures did not survive colonization.”
Edited and Translated by John E. Worth
Discovering Florida compiles all the major writings of Spanish explorers who visited Florida’s lower gulf coast during the earliest stages of European conquest, between 1513 and 1566. Including transcriptions of the original Spanish documents as well as English translations, this volume presents—in their own words—the experiences and reactions of Spaniards who came to Florida with Juan Ponce de León, Pánfilo de Narváez, Hernando de Soto, and Pedro Menéndez de Avilés. These accounts, which have never before appeared together in print, provide an astonishing glimpse into a world of indigenous cultures that did not survive colonization.