LIR Conquistadors, Heretics, Striped Indians, Mission Witches
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Too often, American Colonial scholars ignore the Native people that
occupied a region and the events that took place in that region prior to
the creation of a colony. Such is the case with the creation of Georgia
by the British in 1732. Georgia and Colonial scholars have written
volumes about Oglethorpe and the Trustees. Some mention Spanish
missionization of the Guales on the Georgia coast in a cursory fashion.
Little is said of the French efforts to colonize the region, and little is
done to explain why so few Natives occupied what today is the eastern
half of Georgia. These four presentations will explore a series of events
that occurred between 1539 and 1717 that cleared eastern and central
Georgia of Native inhabitants and prevented the French and Spaniards
from establishing permanent footholds in Georgia.