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Bell Ringer: The Spanish Empire in Western Florida

The Spanish Empire in Western Florida

Rob Blount, executive director of Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida, talked about the Spanish Empire's presence in western Florida and their interactions with the Apalachee Indians from 1656 to 1704.

Description

Rob Blount, executive director of Mission San Luis in Tallahassee, Florida, talked about the Spanish Empire's presence in western Florida and their interactions with the Apalachee Indians from 1656 to 1704.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What were the reasons for Spain and Panfilo de Narvaez exploring the gulf coast of Florida?
  • According to Mr. Blount, what were the possible reasons for the Apalachee Indians reaching out to the Spanish about Christianity?
  • What were the reasons for Mission San Luis being established in western Florida?
  • What was the eventual fate of Mission San Luis? Why did this occur?
  • What were the main buildings in the village? How did each of these buildings represent the culture and the groups of people present at the time?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Apalachee Indians
    • Catholic Church
    • Christianity
    • Council House
    • Friar
    • Hernando De Soto
    • Mission
    • New Spain
    • Panfilo De Narvaez
    • Spanish Empire
    • St. Augustine

    Topics

    State HistoryU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh School