Life in the Shadow of Slavery: Freedom Found by the Manatee River

In the early days of colonial America, enslaved peoples seeking freedom could find a safe haven in Spanish La Florida. Archaeological excavations have revealed facets of daily life for the Maroons of the freedom-seeking community known as Angola by the Manatee Mineral Spring between the 1770s and 1821. Uzi Baram, lead archaeologist, will share the insights from 15 years of research and January 2020 excavations and follow-up laboratory analysis. This

Rancho Connections – Cuban Fishing Ranchos in Florida

As commercial fleets hailing from ports in Cuba took benefit of fisheries north of the Florida Straits, colonial and territorial frontier politics influenced their operations. Known as Cuban Fishing Ranchos, these places have left an indelible mark on the landscape of Southern Gulf Coast Florida and continue to offer insights of a complicated history. Join Reflections of Manatee to discuss their operations and contemplate where connections remain. This lecture will

Rancho Connections – Cuban Fishing Ranchos in Florida

As commercial fleets hailing from ports in Cuba took benefit of fisheries north of the Florida Straits, colonial and territorial frontier politics influenced their operations. Known as Cuban Fishing Ranchos, these places have left an indelible mark on the landscape of Southern Gulf Coast Florida and continue to offer insights of a complicated history. Join Reflections of Manatee to discuss their operations and contemplate where connections remain. This lecture will

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