You may know that a quest for the Fountain of Youth led Ponce de León to claim Florida for Spain in 1513. But did you know that it took the founding of a settlement by French Protestants to spur Spain to take colonization seriously? Readers follow all the action as French forces are massacred, St. Augustine is founded, and Spanish missionaries begin a 200-year effort to convert the Indians to Christianity.
Eyewitness accounts help readers compare life during first Spanish then British rule and find out how Florida finally became part of the United States in 1821. Readers can now view the Sunshine State's history through fresh eyes in impeccably researched text.
About the series
Middle-school students will encounter Colonial America through fresh eyes in this comprehensive new series. Archival photographs, period maps, and lively, first-person accounts from explorers, Native Americans, missionaries, slaves and indentured servants, farmers, government officials, and more are seamlessly woven together to create a vibrant and accurate portrait of life in 18 European coloniesnot just British but French and Spanish, too.
Author Matthew C. Cannavale holds a graduate degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He lives in Brighton, Massachusetts.
The eloquent text weaves historical facts into a colorful tapestry representing the realities of Colonial life. Quotations from primary sources and other documentation add authenticity this is narrative nonfiction at its best.School Library Journal