By Richmond F. Brown

Coastal Encounters opens a window onto the attention-grabbing international of the eighteenth-century Gulf South. Stretching from Florida to Texas, the sector witnessed the advanced collision of ecu, African, and local American peoples. The Gulf South provided a unprecedented degree for ecu rivalries to play out, allowed a Native-based frontier trade method to improve along an rising slave-based plantation financial system, and enabled the development of an city community of bizarre chance at no cost humans of colour. After being long-neglected in prefer of the English colonies of the Atlantic coast, the colonial Gulf South has now develop into the point of interest of recent and interesting scholarship.

Coastal Encounters brings jointly prime specialists and rising students to supply a portrait of the Gulf South within the eighteenth century. The individuals depict the impressive alterations that took place—demographic, cultural, social, political, and economic—and research the alterations from a number of views, together with these of local american citizens, Europeans, and Africans; colonizers and colonized; women and men. the phenomenal essays during this ebook argue for the critical position of this dynamic zone in colonial history.

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2 Of course, no discussion of the Gulf South’s colonial history can bypass Herbert Eugene Bolton and his lasting influence on the study of those North American colonies called Spanish Borderlands. Published in 1921, The Spanish Borderlands was an impressive and important synthesis, and for a long time Bolton shaped Borderlands historiography through his more specialized studies and the many students that he directed. The fundamental dilemmas and issues faced by the field’s founder persisted long after his lifetime.

8 At St. Lucie Inlet they would cross into the territory of the Santaluces, and at Fort Pierce Inlet, into Ais territory. Threading their way through the creeks and marshy islands behind modern-day Cape Kennedy, they would reach Surruque, whose territory extended north to Ponce de Leon Inlet. Only there would they begin to see signs of Spaniards in the built environment: a series of sentinels’ houses guarding the southern approach to St. Augustine. All this lay ahead. At the moment, with two of the Indians hurrying to give the alarm, the castaways believed that they might very well be killed unless God chose to deliver them.

5 For Bolton this meeting ground held vital lessons about Anglo-American expansionism that might benefit United States relations with Latin America in the twentieth century. ”6 Understanding this geographical circumstance, Bolton hoped, would help Americans realize and respect historical bonds with their Latin American neighbors. Lasting traces of Spanish colonization in the American Southwest—language, architecture, customs, laws, and folklore—also served as contemporary reminders of a shared past in Bolton’s view of the Borderlands.

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