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Settlers of the Spanish Florida Frontier: Canary Islanders in Colonial Florida

Event Date:

April 19 @ 6:00 pm

Venue:

Amelia Island Museum of History
233 3rd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

Organizer:

Joshua Whitfield
904-261-7378, ext. 102
joshua@ameliaisland.org

Program Description:

Canary Islanders settled many of the frontiers across Spanish America including Florida, Louisiana, and Texas as well as the Caribbean and South America. In Florida, they were much desired as colonists. Some individual Islanders settled in Florida and became prominent citizens in the St. Augustine community, but never in large numbers. Finally, as part of a crown-sponsored settlement project, hundreds of Islanders arrived in 1757 only to find the city of St. Augustine under siege and unable to accommodate them. This presentation examines the origins of this unique group of settlers in colonial Florida, their challenges, and their legacy in Florida. Attendance is free for museum members with a suggested admission of $5.

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