Fort San José, a Remote Spanish Outpost in Northwest Florida, 1700-1721

Author(s): Julie Rogers Saccente; Nancy Marie White

Year: 2013


Spanish inroads into North America targeted the land that is now Florida, with sixteenth-century explorations and seventeenth-century missions. Between the major settlements of St. Marks/San Luis (today, Tallahassee) and Pensacola, the little-known Fort San José was an outpost and rest-stop along the northeastern coast of the Gulf of Mexico, briefly occupied in 1701 and from 1719-21. Newly available data and materials collections from this fort document its position as a way-station between the larger settlements. It was a place of transformation as petty tyrants, soldiers, convicts, prostitutes, priests, and Indians experienced a redefinition of identity that came from a brief yet significant collision of cultures in a new and unusual land. Though today it is empty, beautiful white sandy beach, in the early eighteenth century Fort San José was a small but important player in the wider spheres of international conflicts and politics.

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Fort San José, a Remote Spanish Outpost in Northwest Florida, 1700-1721. Julie Rogers Saccente, Nancy Marie White. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428452)

Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 271