Presented By Michael Francis

In the late fall of 1597, Guale Indians murdered five Franciscan friars stationed in their territory and razed their missions to the ground. The 1597 Guale Uprising, or Juanillo’s Revolt as it is often labeled, brought the missionization of Guale territory to an abrupt end and threatened Florida’s new governor with the most significant crisis of his term.

This presentation explores the 1597 uprising and its aftermath, and aims to shed light on the complex nature of Spanish-Indian relations in early colonial Florida. It also highlights the dramatic early history of Franciscan missions in Spanish Florida.

Dr. Michael Francis received his PhD in History in 1998 from the University of Cambridge. Between 1997 and 2012, Dr. Francis taught at the University of North Florida, where he also served briefly as Chair of the Department of History. He has taught and written extensively on colonial Florida and Latin America. In 2011, US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, appointed Dr. Francis to serve on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.

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