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The Impact of Spanish Colonialism on Florida’s Aboriginal Burials

Author(s): Rachel K. Wentz

Year: 2013

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Spanish colonialism impacted, transformed, and ultimately extinguished the indigenous populations of Florida. Every aspect of aboriginal culture was affected, including their mortuary practices. Body position and treatment, grave good assemblages, and method of interment were radically altered by the imposition of Catholicism on Florida natives who fell under colonial regimes. Burials associated with mission sites provide insight into the impact of Spanish colonialism on the people they subjugated. These burials serve as tangible representations of cultural contact.

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The Impact of Spanish Colonialism on Florida’s Aboriginal Burials. Rachel K. Wentz. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428333)


Temporal Keywords
European Contact

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 217

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America