La Florida

Miguel Mora, an 16th century Spanish expolorer, shipwrecked and was taken captive by indians in what is now present day Miami. He and several others spent 10 months in captivity. Mora's story and others are told in La Florida, an interative website. (courtesy La Florida)
La Florida

A University of South Florida St. Petersburg history professor spent years chronicling early Florida Spanish history. Now he's launching an interactive website that allows visitors to peer into the lives of those who helped shape Florida. Tim Fanning has a look at the site on University Beat on WUSF Public Media.

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Website Brings Florida's Spanish Past Into Sharp Focus

A USF St. Petersburg history professor spent years chronicling early Florida Spanish history. Now he's launching an interactive website that allows visitors to peer into the lives of those who helped shape Florida. This video taken from the website tells the story of Miguel Mora, a Spanish explorer whose name began showing up on Florida maps in 1605. For more information, click here.

(video courtesy Dr. J. Michael Francis, La Florida & Instituto Nauta)

More Information: 

La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas (Note: The website will go live 3/15)

J. Michael Francis, PhD
Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies
Professor of History, USF St. Petersburg
jmfrancis1@usfsp.edu           727-873-4418

WUSF News story on La Florida

Original Broadcast Date: 
03/13/18

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