Valdosta State University
Continuing Education
1500 N Patterson St.

LIR Conquistadors, Heretics, Striped Indians, Mission Witches

Please note: this course requires membership in Learning in Retirement Spring 2019 Membership

Dates:February 8 - March 1, 2019
Meets:F from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, 4 sessions
Instructor:Dixie Ray Haggard
Fee: $0.00  

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

Course Description

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.