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By John H. Hann

While Spanish and French explorers first landed in Florida early within the sixteenth century, Timucua audio system occupied extra land zone and have been extra various than the other aboriginal crew. this can be their first specified heritage, an incredible examine that locations its writer within the vanguard of Spanish colonial historians operating within the usa. The Timucua are the one local humans of Florida whose language survives in literature in adequate caliber and volume to allow major research. hoping on formerly unused files, this account of the Timucua lines their event from first touch with Europeans to their exile to Cuba in 1763 and their ultimate eradication. starting with the query in their quantity and their destinations in northern Florida and southern Georgia, John Hann examines the Timucua's contacts with numerous eu teams, beginning with Ponce de Le?n's excursion. He encompasses a certain presentation in their event less than the venture regimes, and covers such themes because the Europeans' descriptions of the folk, their language, tradition, and political constructions, the derivation in their language, and the meanings in their placenames and titles. He additionally resolves confusion over the level of the territory of a Timucua subgroup referred to as the Mocama, and discusses different Florida local peoples who moved into Timucua territory as refugees throughout the first half the 18th century.

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There is little or no information Page 9 for others; at best, their territory is ill defined. The latter is true particularly for tribes of the Georgia mainland, who appeared infrequently in the documentation and whose territory has been little studied by archaeologists. The boundaries of the western tribes as a group are the most clearly defined both in the era of Hernando de Soto and in the mission era of the seventeenth century. The main body of the Potano lived in what is today Alachua County.

The Tucururu are a possible exception. " Vinson's choice of Côte, or "Coast," to refer to the Mocama dialect appears to be based on Pareja's (1612b:60) reference to his parishioners' dialect in one of his first two catechisms. " Pareja's two references in his grammar to an Agua Salada or Saltwater dialect indicate that the dialect which he characterized as "Saltwater" was distinct from the "Maritime" dialect in which he wrote all of Page 7 his works (Adam and Vinson 1886:88, 121). Pareja spelled Yufera variously as Iufera, Yufera, and Yufara in his grammar (Adam and Vinson 1886:47, 88, 124).

Hann's scholarship is a legacy that will lead future generations to view our past in a new light. JERALD T. MILANICH GENERAL EDITOR, BULLEN SERIES Page xi Preface Three peoplesthe Timucua-speakers, the Apalachee, and the Calusastand out as the most important of Florida's aboriginal inhabitants. Timucua-speakers were the most numerous among the three groups at contact and directly occupied more territory than any other native people in sixteenth-century Florida. They were the people with whom the first Spaniards and French had the most substantial contact and the only group among Florida's aboriginal peoples for whom there is an iconographic record.

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