The Last Conquistadors of Southeast North America: Pedro MenÚndez and the Collapse of La Florida's Frontier

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2016 nominee for the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction by the North Carolina Literary & Historical Association Imperial Spain’s conquistadors failed to add North America to its worldwide empire between 1513-1543. Decades later King Philip II renews the Spanish invasion of these lands known as La Florida. This award-winning book records these pivotal historic events as Commander Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his captain Juan Pardo are ordered to remove French Huguenots from the Atlantic coast and pacify the Native Americans. In addition, these last conquistadors are expected to construct forts along a trail to the silver mines of northern Mexico. While early successes are promising, the Creek, Cherokee and Catawba eventually fight to rid their homeland of these outsiders — creating an unexpected twist to history for the yet to be United States of America as England and France lay claim to North America.

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2017 North Carolina Historian of the Year - NC Society of Historians

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As a career community college educator and teacher of world history and anthropology, the author developed a special interest in western North Carolina’s history and prehistory. During these years he wrote articles for a local newspaper and eventually published some of these in "Burke County: Historic Tales from the Gateway to the Blue Ridge," and also published "Indians of Burke County and Western North Carolina" as well as a booklet entitled "Time Capsules: the Why, the How, the Where." After retiring as a Dean Emeritus, this author became fascinated with an archaeological excavation of a sixteenth American Indian town called Joara near his home — and then they made an unexpected discovery that began to rewrite the early colonial history of the United States. Spanish artifacts were uncovered among the remains of several burned cabins once occupied by soldiers of Captain Juan Pardo at Fort San Juan, a date some twenty years before England's Lost Colony arrived on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and four decades before the English settled James Towne, Virginia.    Thereafter, the author became so captivated with the idea of Spanish explorers marching across these lands that he first wrote "Of Eagles & Wolves," a play about Captain Juan Pardo's arrival in Burke County, and later published a book entitled "Spanish Attempts to Colonize Southeast North America: 1513 - 1587." This was followed with the publication of "La Florida: Imperial Spain Invades Indian Chiefdoms of North America" and "The Last Conquistadors of Southeast North America." Currently he is completing an historical novel, "TAWODI," the story of a Cherokee warrior of the Blue Mountains who challenges the arrival of Spanish conquistadors. Today, the author resides with his wife Patricia in Irish Creek Valley along a waterway that flows into the Berry site of Joara and Fort San Juan. 

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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. 112 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.3in.Between 1513-1543, the American Indians of southeast North America survived three decades of invasions by the most powerful nation in Europe, imperial Spain. These Spanish conquistadors failed to claim this land they knew as La Florida. It will be King Phillip II and a new strategy that returns Spains conquistadors to La Florida; first, in 1559, as the Viceroy of New Spain sends hundreds of soldiers, along with 1, 000 colonists, to the Gulf Coast near present day Pensacola; and then secondly, in 1565, when Supreme Commander Pedro Menndez de Avils and his captain Juan Pardo are compelled to complete Hernando de Sotos mission to mark a trail from the Atlantic to the silver mines of Mexico. Once again, Spain does not understand that the Creek, Cherokee and Catawba will fight to protect their homeland. The Last Conquistadors of Southeast North America examines this forgotten story of America as a greatly expanded Spanish empire, conceived by king and emperor Charles, is passed to his son, King Phillip II. Pedro Menndez, after removing French Huguenots from Fort Caroline near present day Jacksonville, Florida, is credited with establishing the first Spanish settlements in North America at St. Augustine in 1565, and next, his capital at Santa Elena the following year. Thereafter Spain will occupy the Atlantic coast of North America decades before Englands failed Lost Colony (1585) on Roanoke Island, North Carolina and forty years before Englands first permanent settlement at James Towne, Virginia (1607) and the French founding of Quebec (1608) in New France, Canada. After all, this is Spains Golden Century when much had been gained in so little time: Hispaniola (1493), The Mother of America; Puerto Rico (1508), Jamaica (1509), Panama (1510), Cuba (1511), Mexico (1521) and Peru (1533). With Spanish ships now sailing back and forth across the earths seas, King Philip II rules a vast worldwide empire estimated to encompass 7. 5 million square miles at its peak. In addition, the extraordinary wealth in spices, gold, silver and gems flowing into Spain allows King Phillip to not only pursue colonization in the New World, but also follow his Catholic mission to stamp-out heretical Protestants in Europe. At this same time he will also compete with France, England and the Ottoman Empire as the worlds defender of the true holy faith. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Seller Inventory # 9781514119020

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