ABOUT THIS EPISODE

This Dangerous History Podcast episode covers a dramatic but very little-known conflict in the early history of colonial North America, which culminated in multiple mass murders of European colonists by other, rival European colonists.

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  • An overview of early Spanish attempts at colonizing La Florida, which were a series of major failures running from Ponce de Leon in 1519 to Tristan de Luna in 1559, after which the Spanish Crown ended all attempts at colonizing the region
  • The beginning of French Huguenot involvement in Florida, which renewed Spanish interest in the area
  • Spain's decision to make one last attempt to colonize Florida, to be led by Pedro Menendez de Aviles
  • The race to Florida between Menendez' expedition and that of Huguenot leader Jean Ribault
  • The conflict in Florida between the Spanish Catholics and French Huguenots, culminating in multiple cold-blooded massacres
  • The legacy of all this not only for the history of Florida, but the subsequent colonial history of North AmericaSupport the Dangerous History Podcast via 
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