“Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597”
A lecture by
Dr. J. Michael Francis
The Jay I. Kislak Fellow at the Kluge Center
In the late fall of 1597, Guale Indians murdered five Franciscan friars stationed in their territory and razed their missions to the ground. The 1597 Guale Uprising, or Juanillo’s Revolt as it is often labeled, brought the missionization of Guale to an abrupt end and threatened Florida’s new governor with the most significant crisis of his term.
This lecture explores the 1597 uprising and its aftermath, and aims to shed light on the complex nature of Spanish-Indian relations in early colonial Florida.
Dr. J. Michael Francis has taught at the University of North Florida since 1997, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of History. He has published numerous articles on the history of early-colonial New Granada (modern day Colombia). Dr. Francis’ book, Invading Colombia, was published in 2008. His most recent book, just published, is entitled Murder and Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan and the Guale Uprising of 1597. He is currently working on another book project: The Martyrs of Florida.
Tuesday, November 29, at 2:00 PM
Location: Whittal Pavilion, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
10 First St. S.E., Washington DC
For more information, contact the Kluge Center at (202) 707-3302.
Request ASL and ADA accommodations five days in advance at 202-707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.
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