2019 Conference General Information

Gainesville, Florida | 14-17 November 2019 | University of Florida at Gainesville


Our 2019 conference will be held November 14-17 in Gainesville, Florida on the beautiful University of Florida campus.  We will begin with a reception in the Grand Reading Room at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Library on Thursday evening.  Conference sessions on Friday and Saturday will also be held at the Smathers Library.  Friday evening’s banquet will be held at the conference hotel, the Holiday Inn University Center.  The chef is developing a special buffet menu for us that promises to be wonderfully delicious!  Our keynote speaker is Dr. Kathleen A. Deagan, professor emerita and curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a distinguished local archaeologist.  She will regale us with personal insights in the archaeological finds that highlight the early discovery history of St. Augustine, the site of our Sunday excursion.  A chartered bus will leave the hotel and take us to St. Augustine, where Dr. James Cusic will lead a free walking tour for the first 20 people who sign up.  For those not participating in the walking tour, there is still lots to see and do, so be sure to sign up for the Sunday trip to St. Augustine.




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Gainesville, Florida           14-17 November 2019          University of Florida at Gainesville

 Theme: The Caribbean: A Cultural Encounter

Thursday, 14 November 2019

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.      Welcome Reception        University of Florida, Smathers Library, Grand Reading Room, 2nd floor

Friday, 15 November 2019
(Unless otherwise noted, all conference sessions will take place at the University of Florida, Smathers Library, Room 100, 1st floor)

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.    Welcome and Opening Remarks  —Marguerite Ragnow, President

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Session I:  Encounters at the Spanish Frontiers  —Chair, Anne Good

  • “Santa Elena: Some Comments on a Proposal on the Location” —Richard Melvin
  • “Jesuit Cartographic Endeavor in Florida” —Mirela Altić
  • Difference and Disunity on the Early Georgia Frontier” —Adrian Finucane

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Session II:  Economic Culture and Migrations —Chair, Alistair Maeer

  • “Humboldt’s Exploration Narrative and the Diversification of Economic Culture:  Mexican Reformulations of Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain” —Richard Weiner
  • “How Business, Colonization, and Tourist Maps of Cuba Helped to Shape North American Views of Cuba, 1898-1915” —Anthony Mullan
  • Navigating China in the Post-Colonial Caribbean:  Chinese Identity within Jamiaca” —Jordan Lynton

12:30-2:00 p.m.   Lunch Break & Council Meeting  (Lunch provided to conference registrants only)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Visit to Smathers Library Collections,  Smathers Library, Judaica Suite, 2nd Floor

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Coffee Break

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Session III  Merchants and Spies —Chair, Anthony Mullan

  • “Loyal Vassals or Devious Traitors?  The Portuguese in the Spanish Circum-Caribbean, 1580-1595” —Brian Hamm
  • “Post-Columbian Alliances and Legal-Political Interpretations on the Caribbean Individual in the time of War:  The ‘Vision’ of the explorer Juan Navarro de Virues and the attempted conquest of the Dominican Island in 1511-1512” —Jorge Zevallos-Quiñones Pita

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Reception and Annual Dinner, Holiday Inn University Center

  • Keynote address by Dr. Kathleen A. Deagan:  “Science and Serendipity:  Unearthing St. Augustine’s Origins”
  • Presentation of the SHD Student Prize  — Anne Good, Committee Chair
  • Presentation of the SHD Honors Award  —Tom Sander, Committee Chair
  • Announcement of the 2020 Conference Venue —Mirela Altić, Vice President/President Elect

Saturday, 16 November 2019
(Unless otherwise noted, all conference sessions will take place at the University of Florida, Smathers Library, Room 100, 1st floor)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Session IV  Discoveries and Early Explorations   —Chair, Mirela Altić

  • “Discovery through Native American Eyes:  Columbus, Cabot, and Cortés”  —Lauren Beck
  • “The Many Varied and Surprising Images of Cuba on Early Maps, c. 1500-1520”  —Donald McGuirk

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.  Coffee Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   Session V: Gendered Perspective  —Chair, Lauren Beck

  • “Gender, Sex, and Ambition:  Early Anglo-Caribbean Encounters with Arawak and Carib People”  —Eric J. McDonald
  • “Representation of Cuba in XIX-century Women’s Travel Writing”  —Dayamí Abella Padrón

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Business Meeting  (Council Members and Committee Chairs report to SHD Membership)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.   Lunch Break (Lunch provided to conference registrants only)

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Session VI  Colonization Strategies  —Chair, Richard Weiner

  • “Remembering the Prospects and Perils of Jamaica’s Port-Royal:  Edward Barlow’s, William Hack’s & John Taylor’s late-seventeenth-century Pilotage Charts of Port Royal, Jamaica”  —Alistair Maeer
  • Plano del Puerto de la Calidonia hasta la Isla de Pinos:  A Spanish Cartographic Perspective on Scotland’s Colony in Panama” —Gina G. Bennett

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Coffee Break

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Session VII  Digital Initiatives of the University of Florida:  Caribbean/Cuba-focused digital humanities projects  —Chair, Marguerite Ragnow

4:15-4:30 p.m.  Closing Remarks

Sunday, 17 November 2019

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Outing to St. Augustine, Florida — Bus leaves hotel at 8:00 a.m.



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