TITLE: Murder & Martyrdom in Spanish Florida: Don Juan & the Guale Uprising of 1597
SPEAKER: J. Michael Francis
EVENT DATE: 11/29/2011
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 67 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)
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.
Speaker Biography: J. Michael Francis is professor and chair of the history department at the University of North Florida.