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The Spanish Missions of Florida

Overview

What foods did the Spanish introduce to Florida at the missions?

The Spanish brought watermelons, peaches, figs, and other foods to Florida missions.

Inside, You'll Find:

What game the Apalachee people played to ensure they would have a good harvest;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and what scientists started ...

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Overview

What foods did the Spanish introduce to Florida at the missions?

The Spanish brought watermelons, peaches, figs, and other foods to Florida missions.

Inside, You'll Find:

What game the Apalachee people played to ensure they would have a good harvest;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and what scientists started digging up and studying in Florida more than 20 years ago;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
This small, informative book opens with a True/False question, promising the answer to follow somewhere within the text, sending young readers on a treasure hunt for facts. Illustrations, photographs, short articles, and bursts of text easily lead the reader through the history of the Spanish presence in Florida. The first Spanish mission in what is now the United States was built in the sixteenth century in St. Augustine. Dozens of others followed where the Spanish converted Native Americans and introduced cattle, horses, peaches, and oranges. Some of the Native American tribes cooperated with the Spanish. In fact, Father Francisco Pareja developed the first written form of the Timucua language enabling them to better communicate with one another and read religious texts. Other tribes eventually revolted and, along with disease, were responsible for the demise of the mission life. Because most of the missions were built from wood, few survive. However, modern archaeologists have been able to recreate much of the mission life from their discoveries. Pronunciation guides, a glossary, and an index make this volume easy to use as a reference. Part of the "A True Booktrade" series. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531212417
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Scholastic True Book Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Europeans Arrive

Why did Spain set up missions in Florida? 7

2 Learning to Live Together

Why were mission farms so important to the Spanish? 13

3 Life at a Spanish Mission

How were missions organized? 17

Mission Mystery

How was a mission rebuilt 200 years after it was destroyed? 20

4 Missions Across Florida

What was the first mission built in Florida? 27

5 End of the Missions

Why did the Spanish leave the mission in Florida? 35

6 The Missions Today

Where can you see a Spanish mission in Florida today? 39

True Statistics 43

Resources 44

Important Words 46

Index 47

About the Author 48

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