Precursors of Missionization: Early European Contact on the Georgia Coast, 1514-1587

Author(s): John Worth

Year: 2015


Beginning not long after the Spanish discovery of the Florida peninsula in 1513, indigenous groups along the Georgia coast were increasingly subject to sporadic maritime visits by Spanish and later French ships. By the time Georgia’s coastal chiefdoms were assimilated into the expanding Franciscan mission system of Spanish Florida after 1587, they had already experienced more than seven decades of occasional interaction with European slavers, colonists, soldiers, missionaries, traders, and shipwreck survivors. While direct evidence for such contact is limited and sometimes ambiguous, combined documentary and archaeological data provide an informative glimpse into the still poorly-known period between first contact and missionization along Georgia’s coast and adjacent regions of the interior.

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Precursors of Missionization: Early European Contact on the Georgia Coast, 1514-1587. John Worth. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395563)


Contact Georgia Missions

Geographic Keywords
North America - Southeast

Spatial Coverage

min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;