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la Florida: The interactive Digital Archive of the Americas

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La Florida "is a unique collaborative initiative, combining innovative historical research with cutting-edge technology. The site offers users a multidisciplinary perspective of colonial Florida’s rich history, a history that extends far beyond what we think of as ‘Florida’ today. In the sixteenth century, the “Provinces of La Florida” extended up the entire Atlantic coastline and inland to the Mississippi River. Yet despite Spain’s claim to the region, its sovereignty over Florida was always tenuous, and often contested. For more than three centuries, competing colonial powers, free and enslaved blacks, and Native Americans interacted to shape Florida’s unique and diverse landscape.

The site houses a searchable and comprehensive population database with information about thousands of men and women of all backgrounds who lived in colonial Florida. In addition, the site features interactive maps, digital exhibits, images, videos, games, original documents, and more. The collaborative nature of this project brings together historical content and technical innovation in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago." (





University of South Florida St. Petersburg, EDRIEL Intelligence, Instituto NAUTA

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