This excellent collection of essays was spurred by the quincentenary of Juan Ponce de León's landfall on the Atlantic coast of Florida and brings together contributions by scholars who participated in at least one of the three conferences sponsored by the Florida Humanities Council in 2012 to commemorate the occasion. Divided into two parts that cover, respectively, the first and second Spanish periods and postcolonial and contemporary Florida, the book takes an insightful look at the last five centuries of Hispanic presence in the state, but with a clear transatlantic approach. This focus on transatlantic studies is already evident in the superb essay that precedes both parts, in which Gary R. Mormino takes us on a concise but thorough journey through Spain and Florida from 1513 to 2013 that is as informative as it is pleasant to read and that highlights the...
David Arbesú; La Florida: Five Hundred Years of Hispanic Presence. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2016; 96 (4): 723–724. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-3677781
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