LaFlorida: Spanish St. Augustine

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I. Videos

Audiovisual perteneciente a la exposición Imaginando la Florida de Miami. Primeros asentamientos.

This video is an animated map exploring various aspects of Spanish St. Augustine and recounts the events of Francis Drake’s raid on the city in May 1586.


La recreación de la fuente de la juventud de Lucas Cranach

This video is an animated painting regarding the Fountain of Youth. Nudity is present in this video, and thus may not be suitable for younger audiences.


II. Online Resources

Vanderbilt University has digitally preserved a number of fragile documents, and the repository is available to the public. In addition to Spanish Florida, documents are also available on Brazil, Columbia, and Cuba. Visit their website.

III. Bibliography

Dr. Francis, Hough Family Endowed Chair in Florida Studies, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg compiled this bibliography of suggested readings on Colonial Spanish Florida.

  • Bushnell, Amy Turner.  “Republic of Spaniards, Republic of Indians,” The New History of Florida, Michael     Gannon, ed. (Gainesville:  University Press of Florida, 1996), pp 62-77.
  • Cushner, Nicholas. “La Florida,” Why Have You Come Here? The Jesuits and the First Evangelization of Native America. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp 31-48.
  • Deagan, Kathy. “Guest Column: Veteran Archaeologist Takes Issue with Treasure Hunters”, St. Augustine Record, January 9, 2012.
  • Francis, J. Michael and Kathleen Kole.  Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597. (Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, 2011), pp. 13-38.
  • Hoffman, Paul.  “The Inland Frontier, 1609 – 1650,” Florida’s Frontiers, (Bloomington: University Press of Indiana, 2002), pp 100-124.
  • Hoffman, Paul.  “The Spanish Tidewater Frontier, First Phase, 1562-1586,” Florida’s Frontiers, (Bloomington: University Press of Indiana, 2002), pp. 47-72.
  • Hoffman, Paul.  “The Tidewater Frontier, Second Phase, 1586-1608,” Florida’s Frontiers, (Bloomington: University Press of Indiana, 2002), pp. 73-99.
  • Landers, Jane. Black Society in Spanish Florida. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1999), pp. 1-60.
  • Lyons, Eugene. “The Captives of Florida,” The Florida Historical Quarterly, Vol. 40, No. 1 (July 1971), pp. 1-24.
  • Wade, Maria F. “Southern Florida: Jesuits and Franciscans,” Missions, Missionaries and Native Americans: Long Term Processes and Daily Practices, (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008), pp 52-63.
  • Wade, Maria F. “The Franciscans: Men of the Cloth,” Missions, Missionaries and Native Americans: Long Term Processes and Daily Practices, (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008), pp 35-41.

IV. FORUM Magazine

Our award-winning publication FORUM Magazine is fantastic for the classroom, and many issues are available in a digital and PDF format. Here are a few on St. Augustine.

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FORUM Spring 2015 FORUM Fall 2012 FORUM Fall 2011
Digital | PDF PDF PDF

V. Florida Stories: Walk St. Augustine


Want to learn more about St. Augustine, the oldest city in the United States? Take this 10-stop cultural walking tour.

Download it here, for iOS and Android devices:

The walking tour was written by public historian Elsbeth Gordon, author of Walking St. Augustine: An Illustrated Guide and Pocket History to America’s Oldest City, and performed by actor / scholar Chaz Mena. To learn more, visit

VI. St. Augustine Timeline Poster


This colorful classroom poster shows the events of early St. Augustine alongside world events, to help contextualize Florida’s unique roots.

If you are interested in receiving free packets of 25 for your classrooms, click here to complete a brief form and we’ll will provide 1 packet per year to each teacher submits a request.

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