La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas

is a unique collaborative initiative, combining innovative historical research with cutting-edge technology. The site offers users a multidisciplinary perspective of colonial Florida’s rich history, a history that extends far beyond what we think of as ‘Florida’ today. In the sixteenth century, the “Provinces of La Florida” extended up the entire Atlantic coastline and inland to the Mississippi River. Yet despite Spain’s claim to the region, its sovereignty over Florida was always tenuous, and often contested. For more than three centuries, competing colonial powers, free and enslaved blacks, and Native Americans interacted to shape Florida’s unique and diverse landscape.

La Florida is a dynamic site

with exciting new content added regularly. The site houses a searchable and comprehensive population database with information about thousands of men and women of all backgrounds who lived in colonial Florida. In addition, the site features interactive maps, digital exhibits, images, videos, games, original documents, and more. The collaborative nature of this project brings together historical content and technical innovation in ways we could not have imagined a decade ago.

At La Florida we are committed to building an enduring site that will

· Promote innovative new scholarship on the history of colonial Florida, and its place in US and world history
· Develop technologically advanced learning material to make primary sources accessible for all users
· Provide unique research and publishing opportunities for students and scholars
· Build institutional partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration
· Engage a global audience through thought-provoking research and creative technology

As an open access site, we invite you to explore the fascinating and little-known stories of the men and women who shaped Florida’s colonial past.