About the Film:
Join WXXI and its partner, Friends of Ganondagan, for a free screening of this film that follows a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians to reveal colonial America’s Spanish roots.
WXXI and Friends of Ganondagan host a free screening of Secrets of Spanish Florida – A Secrets of the Dead Special at the Little Theatre on Monday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. The documentary, which follows a team of archaeologists, scientists and historians as they reveal the little-known history of America’s Spanish colonists who settled in Florida in 1565, long before Jamestown or Plymouth were founded, will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Donald Grinde, Professor of American Studies and History at University at Buffalo.
The first permanent European settlement in the United States was founded in 1565–two generations before the settlements in Jamestown and Plymouth–not by English Protestants, but by the Spanish and a melting pot of people they brought with them from Africa, Italy, Germany, Ireland and even converted Jews, who integrated almost immediately with the indigenous tribes. Secrets of Spanish Florida – A Secrets of the Dead Special uncovers one story of America’s past that never made it into textbooks. Follow some of America’s leading archaeologists, maritime scientists, and historians as they share the story of Florida’s earliest settlers. It’s a story that has taken more than 450 years to reveal.
Moderator and Panelist bios:
Dr. Donald Grinde is Professor of American Studies and History at University at Buffalo, New York and is noted for his scholarship and writing on Native American Issues. Dr. Grinde is from Georgia and has Yamasee heritage. He was an undergraduate at Georgia Southern University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. He taught at Buffalo State College, UCLA, the University of Utah, University of California, Riverside, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and the University of Vermont before moving to Buffalo in 2004. He has published widely on Native American topics, with a particular emphasis on study of the Iroquois Confederation(Haudenosaunee). Grinde and Bruce E. Johansen became known for their works showing a connection from the Great Law of Peace of the Iroquois to the drafting of the United States Constitution.
Funding for this program was provided, in part, by The Lastinger Family Foundation; The Hough Family Foundation; Weaver Family Foundation Fund, through The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; and The Joy McCann Foundation. Funding for SECRETS OF THE DEAD is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by public television viewers. Also supported by a production of Small Planet Pictures Inc., Investigative Media Group Inc., and 1186 Pictures in association with the University of Florida Historic St. Augustine, Inc. and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.
Special thanks to our partner:
Secret of the Spanish Florida will also air on WXXI-TV on Tuesday, December 26 at 9 p.m.