520 pages, 7 x 10
87 figures, 7 maps, 91 tables, references, index
Release Date:29 Nov 2003
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Presidio Santa María de Galve

A Struggle for Survival in Colonial Spanish Pensacola

Edited by Judith A. Bense
University Press of Florida
"A significant contribution to Spanish colonial studies."--Bonnie McEwan, director of archaeology, San Luis Archaeological and Historic Site

"An excellent book that will stand as the definitive historical and archaeological reference on early Pensacola . . . and will undoubtedly become a classic."--Gregory Waselkov, University of South Alabama

This examination of the Pensacola presidio and its fort during the first Spanish colonial period provides a rich inventory of artifacts and new interpretations of life among the 18th-century settlers and their evolving interactions with local native populations and with Mobile and Veracruz.  Based on long-term interdisciplinary study and excavation, Judith Bense’s book provides the first intensive account of an early colonial Spanish presidio in La Florida.  As such, it will be of interest to researchers throughout the Spanish borderlands from California and northern Mexico to Florida.

Foreword by Jerald T. Milanich, series editor

1. Introduction and Overview, by Judith A. Bense
2. Historical Context and Overview, by John James Clune
3. Settlement, Settlers, and Survival: Documentary Evidence, by John James Clune, R. Wayne Childers, William S. Coker, and Brenda N. Swann
4. Archaeological Remains, by Judith A. Bense and H. James Wilson
5. Zooarchaeological Remains, by Catherine Parker
6. Archaeobotanical Remains, by Donna L. Ruhl
7. Native Americans, by Norma J. Harris
8. External Connections, by Sandra L. Johnson
9. Summary and Discussion, by Judith A. Bense
Appendix I. Historical Data
Appendix II. Archaeological Data
Appendix III. Zooarchaeological Data
Appendix IV. Archaeobotanical Data
Appendix V. Indian-made Ceramic Data
Appendix VI. Comparative Artifact Assemblages

Judith A. Bense is professor and chair of anthropology and director of the Archaeology Institute at the University of West Florida.  She is the editor of Archaeology of Colonial Pensacola, 1750-1821 (UPF, 1999) and Archaeology of the Southeastern United States: Paleoindian to World War II  (1986).
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