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Joseph L. Brechner Speaker Series: Tragedy and Survival, Ethnogenesis and Archaeology of the Freedom-Seeking Peoples Known as Black Seminoles
The competition in North America between the Spanish and British empires, and later between the British and the United States, offered Black freedom-seekers liberty in Florida. Some of them became known as Black Seminoles during the Second Seminole War, but much about their lives has been lost in the shadows of history. Now, historical archaeology is revealing the places of their early 19th-century settlement across Florida’s Gulf Coast. This presentation focuses on recent excavations in the Tampa Bay area about the free Black community of Angola and offers insights into the daily lives of residents from the 1770s until the settlement’s destruction in 1821. The lasting legacies of this haven of liberty on the Manatee River are celebrated by descendants and local residents alike.

May 30, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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