A companion to the American South by John B Boles

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For the early eighteenth century we have only John J. TePaske's The Governorship of Spanish Florida, 1700±1763 (1964) and Weber's (1992) summary of the recent scholarship. TePaske's topical chapters sketch out the internal administrative and economic history of St Augustine, which was all that remained of the Spanish presence in La Florida after Moore's raids on the missions in 1702 and 1704. He also has materials on English attacks on the colony from the Spanish point of view, a useful counter to the more familiar English accounts.

G. Robert Searle's raid of 1659). By the time of James Moore's raids in 1702 and 1704, the elite had established a ranching economy that used areas left vacant by the demographic decline of the Native Americans, although their hold on public office and its benefits was weaker. Bushnell's (1994) book on the missions and their economies supplies additional new and important detail about the seventeenth-century economy and events in St Augustine, as well as among the missions, its primary focus.

The most important recent book on the early years of the permanent Spanish colonization of La Florida is Eugene Lyon (1976). Lyon examined the ``enterprise of Florida'' as a business venture whose financial aspects are perhaps uniquely well documented, from the Crown's expenditures and gifts to him to what Pedro MeneÂndez de AvileÂs claimed (in lawsuits) he had spent or caused associates to spend. Lyon also looked at the social connections among the Asturians who were the Adelantado's key supporters and the ruling elite of the new colony.

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