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First Saturdays

First Saturdays

2010 Historical Happenings at Mission San Luis

Learn more about regional topics including history, archaeology, and of course Mission San Luis, during this free monthly lecture series held the first Saturday of the month. Regular admission fees will be charged for attendees wishing to visit the site.

April 3, 2010 –Scientific Organization or Justification of Colonization? De Bry's Use of White's Watercolors.
In 1590, Theodore de Bry published Thomas Harriot’s A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia. This version includes thirty engraved illustrations based on John White’s watercolor sketches, chosen to enhance Harriot’s letterpress text. Presenter Morgan McCormick, a PhD student in Art History at FSU, will discuss de Bry’s additions to White’s original images and how these images illustrate the newly discovered peoples as well as the land, flora, fauna, and other natural resources. McCormick asserts that these images would have enticed investors to endow money for the development of colonies in the area and served as a visual justification for colonization.
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

May 1, 2010 –The Early Slave Trade in the New World and the Participation of Minorities in the Manning of Ships.
An examination of Spanish documents held in the Contaduría section of the Archivo General de Indians in Seville, Spain has shed a good deal of light on the earliest practice of Spanish slaving, both Indian and African, in the New World. These documents also yield information on free black merchants and the employment of Indians and Africans in the manning of ships. Presenters Dr. Sam Turner and Derek Hankerson will discuss various aspects of slaving including both the inter-island and the trans-Atlantic trade in slaves as well as those minorities who were free men and operating within the developing New World Spanish Colonial Culture.
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

June 5, 2010 –Black Seminoles
Presenters Derek Hankerson and James Bullock will discuss the history of the Black Seminoles, an offshoot of the Gullah-Geechee who escaped from the British rice plantations in South Carolina and Georgia and built their own settlements on the Florida frontier, where they developed friendly relations with a mixed population of refugee Indians. The government referred to the Florida Indians as "Seminoles," a word derived from the Spanish cimarron meaning "wild" or "untamed." The runaway Gullahs came to be known as "Seminole Negroes"; modern historians refer to them today as the "Black Seminoles."

Colonial Crafts

From Noon to 2:00 p.m. on the First Saturday of the month, children are invited to participate in making crafts that they can then take home. Colonial Crafts is free with admission.

  • June 5: Arrowhead Necklaces
  • July 3: Spanish Flags
  • August 7: Animal Masks
  • September 4: Shell Necklaces
  • November 6: Corn Husk Dolls
  • December 4: Whirligigs

If you have any questions, please call 850.245.6406 for more information.