Historian to discuss early settlements in Florida

Historian J. Michael Francis, Ph.D., will present “Before Jamestown: Europeans, Africans and Native Americans in La Florida, 1513 to 1607” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

Learn about the 16th-century colonization of Florida, which began almost a century before Jamestown was founded. This program will offer an understanding of the state’s diverse cultural heritage and history.

Francis, who has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, is a history professor at the University of South Florida. He has taught and written extensively on colonial Florida and Latin America.

The free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Regional Library and is being offered as part of Viva Florida 500 – a yearlong, statewide celebration of 500 years of Florida history.

For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.



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