2016 nominee for the Ragan Old North State Award for Nonfiction by the North Carolina Literary & Historical Association
Imperial Spain's conquistadors failed to add North America to its worldwide empire between 1513-1543. Decades later King Philip II renews the Spanish invasion of these lands known as La Florida. This award-winning book records these pivotal historic events as Commander Pedro Menéndez de Avilés and his captain Juan Pardo are ordered to remove French Huguenots from the Atlantic coast and pacify the Native Americans. In addition, these last conquistadors are expected to construct forts along a trail to the silver mines of northern Mexico. While early successes are promising, the Creek, Cherokee and Catawba eventually fight to rid their homeland of these outsiders - creating an unexpected twist to history for the yet to be United States of America as England and France lay claim to North America.
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About the Author
Thereafter, the author became so captivated with the idea of Spanish explorers marching across these lands that he first wrote "Of Eagles & Wolves," a play about Captain Juan Pardo's arrival in Burke County, and later published a book entitled "Spanish Attempts to Colonize Southeast North America: 1513 - 1587." This was followed with the publication of "La Florida: Imperial Spain Invades Indian Chiefdoms of North America" and "The Last Conquistadors of Southeast North America." Currently he is completing an historical novel, "TAWODI," the story of a Cherokee warrior of the Blue Mountains who challenges the arrival of Spanish conquistadors. Today, the author resides with his wife Patricia in Irish Creek Valley along a waterway that flows into the Berry site of Joara and Fort San Juan.