Written by Madeleine Carr Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:34
You are invited to participate in an series of discussions about the contact between Spaniards and Apalachee Indians right here in today's Wakulla County. This event will begin April 15, 2012 at Fort San Marcos Historic State Park in St. Marks, Florida.
The discussions are called "Conquistadors in the Fabled Land of the Apalachee" (see flyer below). They will include some early area maps, artifacts and archaeologists and historians who love to talk about this 16th century contact period. Local archaeologist and Green Guide Phil Gerrell is joined by historians Madeleine H. Carr and/or Johnathan Grandage at 1:30pm and 3:30pm on three days during Wild About Wakulla Week: Sunday April 15, Wednesday, April 18, and Sunday, April 22.
Visitors can book the special event online at wildaboutwakulla.com. Admission is $8 per person. Prior to and in between the discussions, Green Guide captains James Hodges and Joey Tillman have boned up on their 16th century history and have 40-minuted interpreted scenic cruises that leave the boat ramp adjacent to the fort in St. Marks. Departures are at 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm on all three days, costing $10 per person.
The discussions form part of the Viva Florida 500 celebrations of the discovery of Florida in 1513 when Ponce de Leon was the first European in the southeast to set foot on land near St. Augustine (vivaflorida.org).
"Conquistadors in the Fabled Land of the Apalachee" is one tour offered during the Wild About Wakulla Week celebrations. All other trips are coordinated through Palmetto Expeditions (palmettoexpeditions.com), Wakulla County's one-stop web site to the 100 percent natural Wakulla County.
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